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S M A L L G RO U P T O U R S S C E N I C B A C K R O A D S , AV O I D I N G M O T O R W AY S • C U L I N A RY D I S C O V E R I E S A U T H E N T I C L O C A L E X P E R I E N C E S • L E I S U R E LY P A C E D I T I N E R A R I E S H A N D – P I C K E D B O U T I Q U E A C C O M M O D AT I O N • S M A L L G R O U P S O F U P T O 1 8


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WITH THE EXPERTS IN SMALL GROUP TOURING


WELCOME

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Picture a touring holiday which delves that

bit deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major cities – but invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-beforgotten views, not darting from A to B. And each day ends in a cherry-picked boutique retreat loaded with local charm. At Back-Roads Touring, we’ve spent over 25 years creating these kinds of small group tours. We know that the best kind of adventure is one that introduces you to immersive experiences and sights that last a lifetime – then gives you the time and space to explore. The key ingredient? Experienced guides who can turn an exciting getaway into something truly extraordinary. Telling you the stories and secrets behind stately homes as you wander the corridors. Showing you the perfect position to see the sun set over a city skyline. And pointing you towards the exact patch of coastline where you can try oysters, straight off the boat. All the while, you can be confident that your Back-Roads tour is being run responsibly and with sustainable tourism in mind. In fact, our commitment to green practises has earnt us a Silver Green Tourism rating. Turn the page to explore our inspiring tours of the UK and Europe – and discover the Back-Roads Difference.

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CONTENTS

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Contents Back-Roads Touring Where We Go

United Kingdom 06

The Back-Roads Difference 08 Authentic Local Experiences 

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Culinary Discoveries  12 Hand-picked Boutique Accommodation  14 Our Tour Leaders

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Travelling in Style

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Save With Us

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The Back-Roads App

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Perfect Combinations 22 Tailor-Made Tours 

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Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Battle of Britain 9 DAYS

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Madeira Highlights 7 DAYS

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Heart of England 5 DAYS

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Discover Portugal 7 DAYS

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Chelsea Flower Show 32 7 DAYS The Garden of England 5 DAYS

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Iberian Inspiration  11 DAYS

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Cornwall Food Tour  5 DAYS

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Majestic Morocco 11 DAYS

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Corners of Cornwall 7 DAYS

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The Wonders of Wales 40 8 DAYS

Italy & Malta

A Scottish Journey  8 DAYS

Sail the Bay of Naples 74 8 DAYS

Orkney & The Highlands  4 DAYS

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Highlights of Britain 10 DAYS

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Royal Tour of Britain 9 DAYS

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Historic Eastern England 8 DAYS

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London to Paris via the Channel Islands 11 DAYS

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Corners of Southern Ireland 6 DAYS The Emerald Isle 12 DAYS

Enchanting Southern Italy 7 DAYS

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Slow Food Tour of Puglia 6 DAYS

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Tuscan Treats 7 DAYS

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The Lakes & Mountains of Italy & Switzerland 82 8 DAYS Italian Indulgence 12 DAYS The Splendours of Sicily 7 DAYS

Ireland

p.70

Highlights of Northern Spain 8 DAYS

Malta Highlights 7 DAYS

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France Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains 92 9 DAYS La Belle France 9 DAYS

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A Taste of Bordeaux 9 DAYS

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Provence & The French Riviera  9 DAYS

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Battlefields WW1 Battlefields 5 DAYS

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ANZACs on the Western Front 5 DAYS

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D-Day Battles of France 5 DAYS

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Canals Champagne & Great War Cruise 7 DAYS

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Burgundy Cruise 7 DAYS

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Loire Valley Cruise 7 DAYS

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Croatia Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast 8 DAYS

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Croatian Islands Sailing 8 DAYS

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Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia 120 7 DAYS

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Central & Eastern Europe Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland 124 9 DAYS Explore Eastern Europe 9 DAYS

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Germany & Austria Highlights 13 DAYS

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Iceland, Scandinavia, Russia & the Baltics Iceland Highlights 5 DAYS Norway: Fjords & Glaciers 8 DAYS

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Impressions of Russia 136 10 DAYS The Baltics Highlights 138 13 DAYS

Arabian Peninsula Dubai Stopover 3 DAYS

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FAQs

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T&Cs

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ICELAND

WHERE WE GO

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IRELAND Rolling green fields, rugged clifftops and a perpetual fun-loving spirit encapsulates the beautiful informality that

SCOTLAND

is Ireland. Small in size but huge on charm, Scotland will steal your heart with its postcard-worthy landscapes, superb cuisine

INVERNESS

and down-to-earth locals.

SCOTLAND EDINBURGH

ENGLAND

DUBLIN

IRELAND

Through old English pubs, charming countryside and hidden rural roads, you’ll explore ol’ Blighty and meet

ENGLAND WALES CARDIFF

PORTUGAL

BELGIUM LILLE

some colourful characters along the way.

LONDON

From its breathtaking coastline, quaint villages and

PARIS

medieval castles, Portugal is a winning combination. Dive

FRANCE

into the history and unique experiences on offer.

BORDEAUX PROVENCE

BILBAO

SPAIN PORTO

PORTUGAL

MADRID

LISBON

MADEIRA FUNCHAL

MOROCCO

CASABLANCA

BARCELONA


WHERE WE GO

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Where We Go FINLAND

NORWAY

HELSINKI OSLO

ST PETERSBURG

TALLINN

ESTONIA

RUSSIA

LATVIA RIGA

LITHUANIA VILNIUS

MOSCOW

POLAND BERLIN

GERMANY

WARSAW

PRAGUE

CZECH REPUBLIC

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA

ZURICH

SWITZERLAND ITALY NICE

AUSTRIA

SLOVENIA

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

CROATIA

VENICE

TROGIR FLORENCE

DUBROVNIK

MONTENEGRO

ROME NAPLES

BARI

PALERMO

CATANIA

MALTA

ST JULIAN'S

ITALY

SPAIN

A feast for the eyes (and

Steeped in history and

appetite) Italy’s grand capitals

dressed with colour,

and robust countryside offer

personality and flair,

cultural experiences and

Spain will impress with its

memorable cuisines with a

mouthwatering cuisine and

side of ancient history.

favourable climate.


THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

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The Back-Roads Difference Small groups of up to 18

Scenic back roads, avoiding motorways

Leisurely paced itineraries

With tour sizes of up to

Winding country lanes. Coastal

Forget sunrise starts and

18 people (20 for French

beauty spots. Breathtaking

long days hopping on and

barge tours), our Tour

mountain passes. With

off the bus. We rarely leave

Leaders can ensure a more

premium mini-coaches that

before 8.30am and give

personalised experience.

take us along scenic roads

each stop the attention it

Smaller group sizes also

beyond the reach of large

deserves – keeping long

mean we can guarantee our

vehicles, the journey is as

drives to a minimum and

tours will run once we have

much a part of the adventure

giving you plenty of time to

just four guests booked.

as the destination.

explore at your own pace.

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THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

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Culinary discoveries

Hand-picked boutique accommodation

Authentic local experiences

One of the most enjoyable

Whether it’s a classic

Truly getting to know a

ways to experience a

country inn or an elegant

destination means stepping

different culture is to

château, each day’s journey

off the typical tourist trail.

sample the cuisine. From

ends in a hotel with plenty

From hidden-gem attractions

visits to local producers to

of character. We opt for

to local favourites, we take

food and wine tastings and

accommodation that

time to seek out authentic

even cooking classes, you’ll

reflects the personality of

experiences that take you to

have plenty of opportunities

the local area, and fits right

the heart of each

to discover new flavours.

in with its surroundings.

spectacular region.

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AUTHENTIC LOCAL EXPERIENCES

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AUTHENTIC LOCAL EXPERIENCES Join a mask decorating course in Venice Home to a thriving art scene, Venice will wow you with its colourful displays of traditional Venetian masks. Immerse yourself in the local culture by participating in a traditional mask decorating course, where after an entertaining talk surrounding the history of the craft, we create individual masterpieces with the help of our local guide. TOUR: Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia, The Lakes & Mountains of Italy and Switzerland

Learn the art of alphorn making Head to Eggiwil for the inside story on a curious Alpine instrument whose call echoes around the valleys: the alphorn. A local artisan shows us how these vast horns are made – and you even have a chance to try coaxing a sound out of one yourself! TOUR: Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland

Kiss the iconic Blarney Stone Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you’ll never be lost for words again. Find out for yourself and ascend to the top of the Blarney Castle tower to visit the Stone of Eloquence built into the castle’s battlements. While the powers of the Stone may be questionable, the experience is not to be missed. TOUR: The Emerald Isle

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ESCAPE THE WELL TRODDEN PATH AND GET TO THE HEART OF EACH DESTINATION YOU VISIT BY STEPPING INTO THE SHOES OF THOSE WHO KNOW THE REGION BEST – THE LOCALS.

Discover the royal history of Britain Britain is a land of rich and compelling history, where tradition plays an important part in defining the nation’s modern-day culture. Become an expert in the British monarchy with an educational visit to Balmoral Castle, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle (sure to be an unforgettable experience fit for a royal!). TOUR: Royal Tour of Britain

Take to the sky in a Dragon Rapide aircraft The elegant Dragon Rapide is one of Britain’s best loved pre-war aircrafts. Embark on a journey through history with a nostalgic sightseeing flight in one of the few fully restored Dragon Rapides that still operate today. Each of the eight seats offers a generous window and is perfect for viewing the spectacular landscape below. TOUR: Battle of Britain

Visit the majestic Secret Lagoon Located in the midst of endless lava fields in Iceland, we visit the Secret Lagoon – a calming geothermally heated lagoon that offers the perfect temperature to relax and keep warm despite the brisk temperatures outside. Arguably the most authentic and traditional example of an Icelandic bath, the Secret Lagoon will take your breath away. TOUR: Iceland Highlights

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LOCAL EXPERIENCES

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CULINARY DISCOVERIES

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TOP 6

CULINARY DISCOVERIES ENRICH YOUR ADVENTURE ABROAD BY DELVING INTO SOME OF THE TASTIEST CULINARY EXPERIENCES ON OFFER ACROSS EUROPE.

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CULINARY DISCOVERIES

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Taste the flavours of Cornwall in England

Local wine and food tasting in Malta

Join the hunt for the elusive truffle in France

Take a journey through the

In Malta, the ingredients are

After an entertaining

scenic countryside of Cornwall

as fresh as the landscape is

introduction to Edouard and his

and sample the local delicacies

stunning, so expect divine

wife, Carole at their Pechalifour

of the region. Watch a Cornish

creations straight from the

residence, we join Edouard

pasty making demonstration,

harvest to your plate. To

and his dog to sniff out the

indulge in a glass of wine

complete the culinary experience,

highly prized, aromatic truffle

at a local vineyard and visit

we’ll explore the grounds of

treasures hiding in the ground.

hand-picked restaurants

Meridiana Wine Estate and

At the end of this unique

offering local fare, including a

indulge in local cheese and

foodie experience, a glass of

charming restaurant owned by

biscuits and a special tasting of

wine and a taste of the truffles

Rick Stein.

two of the property's finest drops.

is our reward.

TOUR: Cornwall Food Tour

TOUR: Malta Discovery

TOUR: Taste of Bordeaux

Take part in a cooking class in Tuscany

Enjoy cheese fondue in Switzerland

Savour the taste of the Jamón ibérico in Spain

Here in picturesque Tuscany,

Indulge in a tasting of cheese

Sierra de Aracena is famous

we have the chance to uncover

fondue, a traditional Swiss

for one particular delicacy:

the secrets of a traditional

delicacy that is crafted with

Jamón Ibérico. Our tour

Tuscan chef with an interactive

a carefully selected blend of

of the Ibericos Vazquez

cooking class at a gorgeous

traditional local cheeses, a touch

farm brings to life artisan

villa. Try your hand at creating

of kirsch and a generous glug

production, from spotting the

a variety of authentic Tuscan

of white wine. Served as a main

black Iberian pigs roaming

delicacies before sitting down

dish and accompanied with

in the meadows to seeing

for a well-deserved rest to

delightfully crusty bread, second

the curing process in the

taste the fruits of your labour

servings are always encouraged.

factory and finally, tasting the

for lunch.

TOUR: Mountains, Valleys &

delicious end product.

TOUR: Tuscan Treats

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Lakes of Switzerland

TOUR: Iberian Inspiration


HAND-PICKED BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION

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HAND-PICKED BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION FANCY A BOUTIQUE STAY LOADED WITH CHARACTER AND LOCAL CHARM? FOR THOSE THAT VALUE A LITTLE BIT OF ‘ME TIME’, THESE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE SURE TO DO THE TRICK.

Petwood Hall Hotel Home to the legendary ‘Dambusters’ squadron and complete with memorabilia, the Petwood Hall Hotel is rich in aviation history and boasts modern comforts, guaranteed to ensure a cosy stay. With elegant hand-carved staircases, immaculately kept gardens and a generous open fireplace, you will be instantly taken by the old world style of the property. TOUR: Battle of Britain

Riad Ksar Ighnda, Ouarzazate Dramatically positioned on the edge of the desert, the Riad Ksar Ighnda Hotel makes for an elegant retreat. Presenting an authentic yet modern style, this property features decoration from local artisans and offers mouthwatering traditional cuisine. Before the sun goes down, explore the hotel's spa facilities in your own time. TOUR: Majestic Morocco

Walaker Hotel, Norway This family-run hotel in the idyllic Norwegian countryside is within easy reach of stunning fjords, mountains and glaciers that will take your breath away. Over 370 years old, it claims the title of Norway’s oldest hotel and has been in the same family for nine generations. The unique nostalgic yet comfortable style will leave a lasting impression. TOUR: Norway; Fjords & Glaciers

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Croatian Sail motor yacht Owned by the Vukovic family who have navigated the Dalmatian coast for over 100 years, this spacious motor yacht can accommodate up to 16 guests with ease. Featuring eight cabins, private en-suite facilities and air-conditioning, this is paradise with a traditional Mediterranean twist. TOUR: Croatian Islands Sailing

Fattoria degli Usignoli Take a historical journey to this charming hotel, set in the heart of Reggello and overlooking the impressive Valdarno and Chianti landscapes. Built by the

Winchester Royal Hotel Tucked away in the heart of Winchester, this hotel is home to the only walled garden in the city. In a town that prides itself on character and tradition, this is a hotel that matches its surroundings perfectly. During your stay, be sure to explore local gems nearby such as the Winchester Cathedral, Marwell Zoo and Paultons Park. TOUR: Cornwall Food Tour

*The specific accommodation shown on this page may change from time to time but the alternative option will still be of a similar standard.

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monks of Vallombrosa, this hotel is perfect for travellers in search of history and Italian charm. Blending local hospitality with a touch of luxury, your stay at the Hotel Fattoria degli Usignoli will be nothing short of divine. TOUR: Tuscan Treats


OUR TOUR LEADERS

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Our Tour Leaders DEDICATED TO DELIVERING A TRULY AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE, OUR EXPERT TOUR

LEADERS BOAST A VAST COLLECTION OF UNIQUE PERSONAL STORIES THAT MARRY PERFECTLY WITH THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION.

Edward Ashe As an actor, you must find tour leading quite similar to performing. What’s the secret to putting on the best walking tour? The issue with a walking tour is to keep the tour both fresh in terms of its content and in the way you deliver it, whilst ensuring that your audience is still engaged and following your theme. These are the same challenges that stage actors face. Just as an actor bored with his part is boring to watch, there is nothing more disappointing from the point of view of a tourist than a tour guide who has a lacklustre and routine style.

Isabelle Pareja I love being around people and sharing local experiences – especially those that you can’t read about in guide books. What was the best meal you’ve ever eaten on one of your tours? The lunch that we make together with the Baronessa

Helen Pointer

I draw and paint all over the world as I am When I'm not leading a Back-Roads tour,

Cecilia Baratti in Paestum.

a guest speaker and artist onboard world cruises. I know, it's a

For the host’s charismatic

tough assignment but someone has to do it!

personality, the freshness of the product we use,

How do you incorporate your artistry into your tour

the joy of eating together

leading?

and sharing an experience

When I'm approaching the end of a tour, I offer a portrait on

as a family make it so

the back of a souvenir leaflet that I give to everyone at the

memorable.

farewell dinner.

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Andy Steel What were you in a former life? A detective. I worked in the UK and throughout Europe dealing with all areas of crime – including murder, drugs, robbery, terrorism and money laundering. It was tremendously challenging but hugely satisfying. I'm really delighted to be here and to be able to tell the tale.

How does being a Back-Roads Tour Leader compare to being a police detective? Obviously completely different but, strangely, with many similarities. My life has always revolved around talking to people from all backgrounds and finding out what makes them tick.

As a Tour Leader I love firing people's imagination, taking them to some very special places and introducing them to some wonderful people. Who is the most interesting person you’ve met on your tours? On a Back-Roads tour in Cornwall, a member of the group asked if we could visit a small hamlet, just inland from Marazion, where her ancestors came from before emigrating to Australia. We found the graves of her relatives in the overgrown churchyard and before entering the church, we met the Churchwarden who happened to be the lady's distant relative. Extraordinary.

Erik Jelinek What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from the road? A smile opens almost

David Lombardi How does one make the career change from being a guard for the Queen to a Back-Roads Tour Leader? I had just retired from 30 years in the police force and was not ready to wear slippers and do the gardening. I saw a recruitment advert from Back-Roads in a police retirement magazine looking for guides, so I applied and got the job! With a history degree and a love for visiting battle sites, I was the perfect candidate to conduct the Battlefield tours and have done so successfully for the past two seasons.

How does your past job contribute to your role as Back-Roads Tour Leader?

every door. It's a universal message that gets you through most tricky situations and sometimes creates

unexpected, magical moments. My tours have certainly taught me never to judge people by appearances. I had an older

I feel my previous career taught me how to talk to people from all walks of life and to see

lady on one tour (late 70s)

things from their perspective. I’m comfortable making difficult decisions and overseeing

and when I asked her at

challenging situations. As an Inspector, I was often managing critical incidents such as

dinner what she did for fun,

firearms incidents, mass public disorder and royal security, so managing a group of easy

she told me she did box-car

going Back-Roads passengers is easy in comparison. I have been told by several Back-

racing (and then proceeded

Roads guests that they feel very safe with me.

to show me pictures of her in a car with a crash helmet).

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TRAVELLING IN STYLE

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Travelling in Style Cast thoughts of long journeys spent zipping up and down

view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the

motorways from your mind. A Back-Roads tour promises a

smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the

more leisurely style that gives you the freedom of travelling in

heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

your own vehicle – but with none of the hassle. Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or

about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And,

Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable

with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time

seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the

to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

ON THE WATER In France, we cruise the canals on boutique barge hotels, while in Croatia and the Dalmatian coast, we set sail on motorised yachts. When exploring the waterways of Italy, we travel on boutique gulet boats with traditional features.

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What our guests say At Back-Roads, many of our guests are thrilled to share their unique and memorable tour experiences.

“I have been on 4 of their tours now and as a single traveller find them fantastic, great fun and perfect for meeting a lot of great people – some of whom have become great friends.” - Valda Johnson. “Back-Roads is one of the best companies to travel with. Their France tours are amazing.” - Sharon McNeill.

“I have done quite a few trips with this company and loved them all. I saw things that I would not have seen if I had chosen anyone else. It's the only way to see the country of your choice.” - Jackie Bowler. “My family and I traveled to Ireland in 2015. It was our first experience travelling internationally and we

wanted to do it right. Being introverts, we wanted a small group. It was a wonderful experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and worked with the group to make sure all of our needs were met. The lodging was some of the best we have ever experienced and the food was delicious. If contacted, I would recommend Back Roads whole heartily." - Betsy Lassiter Stewart.

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TRAVELLING IN STYLE

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SAVE WITH US

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Save With Us If you have previously booked with Back-Roads Touring OR if you are booking more than one tour at the same time, the first night of your holiday is on Back-Roads. We will arrange the accommodation for the day before your tour starts, in the location of where your tour starts, to allow for a relaxing beginning to your holiday. If you have previously booked with Back-Roads Touring AND are booking more than one tour with us at the same time, we will also arrange a complimentary transfer from your arrival airport to the first nights’ accommodation on your first tour that you depart on. *If necessary, Back-Roads will provide alternative transport to the designated starting hotel if this accommodation is not available and an alternative hotel is used.

TRAVELLED WITH US BEFORE?

BOOKING MORE THAN ONE TOUR WITH US?

TRAVELLED WITH US BEFORE AND BOOKING MORE THAN ONE TOUR?

Receive a complimentary pre-tour hotel with your booking.

Receive a complimentary pre-tour hotel with your booking.

Receive a complimentary pre-tour hotel & airport transfer.

*In the starting location of the first tour booked. *Cannot be used in conjunction with the 10% Early Bird Offer.

*In the starting location of the first tour booked. *Cannot be used in conjunction with the 10% Early Bird Offer.

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10% OFF EARLY BIRD OFFER 14 June 2017 – 31 August 2017

5% OFF

EARLY BIRD OFFER 1 September 2017 – 15 January 2018

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PERFECT COMBINATIONS

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Perfect Combinations (CREATE YOUR ULTIMATE TOUR)

A popular option for keen explorers, our itineraries and departure dates are designed to connect together – allowing you to see even more of Europe on the adventure of a lifetime. Combine tours in the same country or region, or add a short tour to your main trip for the ultimate extended getaway.

SPAIN 1

PORTO

1 2

1 2

DOURO VALLEY

+ 7 Day Discover Portugal

p.64

P R I C E S F R O M $ 9 , 4 9 8 P P (flights not included)

COIMBRA

MADRID PORTUGAL

1

SPAIN

1

CORDOBA

2

1

2

2

11

NORTHERN IRELAND

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

22

SCOTLAND

LONDONDERRY

22

11

1

BAEZA

2

1

RONDA

BALLYFARNON

TOLEDO

ESTREMOZ

SEVILLE

GRANADA

BALLATER

EDINBURGH

ENGLAND 7 Days Corners of Cornwall

p.38

+ 12 Day The Emerald Isle

p.58

+ 9 Day Royal Tour of Britain

p.48

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 3 , 7 9 7 P P (flights not included)

BELFAST

DUBLIN

2

KILKENNY 1 1

DINGLE

p.68

ALVADOS

LISBON

GALWAY

11 Day Iberian Inspiration 

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YORK

ENGLAND

22

BLARNEY

LEAMINGTON SPA

1

DARTMOOR

2

2 FOWEY FALMOUTH

1

1

2

LONDON

HAWKCHURCH

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PERFECT COMBINATIONS

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* EXCLUSIVE * With our brand new Asia tours launching for 2018, you will have the opportunity to maximise your overseas experience by

ASIA

combining your European tour with an unforgettable Asia escape!

IRELAND SCOTLAND

p.56

+ 10 Day Highlights of Britain

p.46

P R I C E S F R O M $ 6 , 8 9 8 P P (flights not included)

EDINBURGH

11

6 Day Corners of Southern Ireland

SCOTTISH BOARDERS

2 2

LAKE DISTRICT

IRELAND

1 TRALEE

ENNIS

2

DUBLIN

1

1

2

22 YORK

DENBIGHSHIRE ENGLAND

WALES

KILKENNY

COTSWOLDS

2

LONDON

KINSALE

ITALY WENGEN

12 Day Italian Indulgence 

ZURICH

SWITZERLAND

+ 8 Day The Lakes & Mountains of

2

1

Italy and Switzerland

CELERINA

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 1 , 6 9 8 P P (flights not included)

TIRANO LAKE MAGGIORE

1

2

1

2

TRENTO CHERASCO

1

SANTA MARGHERITA

p.84

FRANCIACORTA

2

VENICE

SIRMIONE

ITALY

1

LUCCA

2

2

TUSCANY

1

PERUGIA

ROME

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TAILOR-MADE

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Family adventures and time shared with friends. Voyages to discover diverse cultures, or to trace your own history. Our Tailor-Made Tours across the UK and Europe can be anything you want them to be.

Tours that fit you perfectly You tell us when and where you want to go. We make it happen. Personal service and professional delivery Get in-the-know travel advice from our welltravelled team. You set the pace Your days can be as leisurely or action-packed as you wish. Travel as a private group We can arrange tours for 2 - 18 people. Tours shaped around your interests From wine tasting and cookery to gardening or history tours. Take the scenic route Travel roads that reveal the true beauty of a country. Unique, boutique hotels Stay in comfortable, local accommodation with true character. Turn your dreams into plans If there’s a region you want to explore or sites you’d like to visit, we’d love to hear from you. To get a quote for your dream tour, simply fill in our online form and we’ll get straight back to you.

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UNITED KINGDOM

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Edinburgh, Scotland

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U N I T E D K I N G D O M

Discover an influential nation steeped in rich history and grand traditions as you explore each corner of the United Kingdom. Journey from metropolitan London to majestic Stonehenge; from the stunning coastline to the verdant countryside; from storybook castles to enchanting gardens. Learn of the past and marvel at the region’s natural beauty, all while indulging in the scrumptious, home-style flavours the United Kingdom is deservedly known for.

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Spitfire N E W

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Battle of Britain London | Cambridge | Duxford | Winchester 9

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TO

15

GUESTS

DAY 2 CAMBRIDGE –

spectacle of the RAF

DAY 5 WOODHALL SPA –

COTON – WOODHALL SPA

Coningsby before we

COSFORD – WROXALL

This morning, we pay our

continue to East Kirkby

Today we visit RAF Cosford

respects to fallen veterans

Aviation Heritage Centre

where we have the chance

Fly over Cambridge in one

by visiting the American

– home of the legendary

to take a close look at the

of the few fully restored

Cemetery and Memorial in

Lancaster Bomber. In the

original bombers before

original Dragon Rapide

Coton before travelling to

afternoon, we visit the

continuing to the National

aircrafts

the Imperial War Museum in

Thorp Camp Visitor Centre

Memorial Arboretum. In the

Take a seat in an authentic

Duxford. After, we continue

and in the evening, settle

evening, we move to our

Spitfire aircraft

to the American Air Museum

in for dinner at a local

hotel in Warwickshire where

Climb inside an original

and observe dramatic

restaurant. (B,D)

you can spend the evening

WWI tank at the

displays of original aircrafts.

Bovington Tank Museum

For the aviation fanatics,

DAY 4 WOODHALL SPA

today will be sure to create

– SCAMPTON – CANWICK –

DAY 6 WROXALL –

memories to last a lifetime

LINCOLN – WOODHALL SPA

BLETCHLEY – WINCHESTER

as we go airborne with an

Capturing the attention of

As the birthplace of modern

included Dragon Rapide

history buffs, we visit the

information technology, we

flight over Cambridge.

RAF Scampton, the base of

visit Bletchley Park. With

Next, we drive to Petwood

the Red Arrows, along with

our appetites satisfied,

Hall, home to the legendary

the Heritage Centre before

we take a tour of the

Dambusters. (B)

heading to the notable

Swiss Garden and the

Memorial Spire and the Wall

Shuttleworth Collection at

DAY 3 WOODHALL SPA

of Names, as well as the

Brooklands – one of the

– CONINGSBY – SPILSBY –

Chadwick Centre. Later, we

most prestigious in the

DAY 1 LONDON – CAMBRIDGE Today we visit the Churchill Museum and War Cabinet Rooms, conquer the impressive Imperial War Museum in London and arrive in the remarkable town of Cambridge for a walking tour. After a rich day of sightseeing, we take time for dinner together. (D)

at your leisure. (B)

TATTERSHALL –

visit Lincoln’s Cathedral and

world, before continuing to

WOODHALL SPA

Castle before we indulge in

Winchester. (B)

Brace yourself for the

dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

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HMS Victory

Memorial Arboretum,

Imperial War Museum

Brooklands and Swiss Garden, Imperial War

DAY 7 WINCHESTER –

DAY 8 WINCHESTER –

DAY 9 WINCHESTER -

WEYMOUTH – WAREHAM

PORTSMOUTH – GOSPORT

LONDON

– WINCHESTER

– WINCHESTER

On our last day of the tour,

With years of significant

Today, we direct our

we drive back to London.

events that have shaped

attention to Portsmouth

But before we say farewell,

the historic story of Britain,

and visit the HMS Victory,

there’s still time for one last

we still have many sights

best known as Lord Nelson’s

historic encounter at the

to explore. Today, we head

flagship at the Battle of

RAF Museum, home to over

to the Dorset coastline to

Trafalgar in 1805. After,

100 aircraft. Climb inside

observe the Fleet Lagoon

we continue to the D-Day

the Spitfire MK16 and take

and the Weymouth Black

Museum and meet a RAF

the pilot’s seat for one last

Down before continuing

veteran to share their

historic hurrah before we

to the Bovington Tank

experience during the British

go our separate ways this

Museum. Afterwards, we

legion. With one last stop

afternoon. (B)

embark on a guided tour

at the Submarine Museum

with access to a MKIV WWI

at Gosport, we return to

tank that you can climb

Winchester. (B,D)

Museum London, American Cemetery & Memorial, Imperial War Museum Duxford, American Air Museum, RAF Coningsby, Bovington Tank Museum, D-Day Museum, East Kirkby Aviation Centre, RAF Scampton & Heritage Centre, Chadwick Centre, Lincoln Cathedral & Castle, RAF Cosford For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: BOB

inside. (B)

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 0 9 9 PP LINCOLN

COSFORD

WROXALL

1

BIGGLES -WADE BLETCHLEY WINCHESTER

3

WEYMOUTH

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

3

WOODHALL SPA

ENGLAND

1

CAMBRIDGE

LONDON

PORTSMOUTH

Day Stop

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SEP

17 G

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The Cotswolds

Heart of England Oxford | Bath | Longleat | Avebury 5

DAYS

4

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

Take in the architecture,

wife Anne Hathaway’s

Harry Potter series – and

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

become inspired by the

pretty thatched cottage – a

learn all about the unique

flawless grounds of each

stroll through the blooming

architecture. We finish

•• •• ••

college and enjoy the

gardens here, with their

today in Bath, a UNESCO

Pay a visit to the

town. Next, we venture

traditional shrubs and

World Heritage city with

childhood home and final

through quintessential

beds of wild flowers is a

true ‘wow’ factor, where we

resting place of William

English countryside to

must. There’s even time

make ourselves at home for

Shakespeare in Stratford-

meet with the Cotswolds.

to explore more Cotswold

our final two nights. (B,L)

upon-Avon

This charming area is a

hamlets as we wind our

Go behind the scenes at

patchwork of green hills

way back to our hotel for

DAY 4 BATH

one of England’s great

and farmland, peppered

an evening of free time and

Every beautifully preserved

stately homes: Longleat

with centuries-old villages

leisure. (B)

building we pass in

House

of caramel-hued cottages.

Enjoy an afternoon of high

Tonight, we end the day

DAY 3 COTSWOLDS –

morning walking tour, we

tea in Castle Combe

with a delicious welcome

LACOCK – BATH

get up close and personal

dinner. (D)

It’s time to indulge

to Roman life in the

our taste buds with an

breathtaking Roman Baths.

DAY 2 COTSWOLDS –

afternoon of high tea

After that, the afternoon

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

before we meet with

is yours. You could enjoy a

– COTSWOLDS

costume drama dreams at

bit of ‘me time’ at Thermae

Riverside Stratford-upon-

Lacock – a showstopper of

Bath Spa, Britain’s only

Avon – where the life

a village that often doubles

thermal spa where you

and times of William

as a film set. We step inside

can bathe in mineral-rich

Shakespeare take centre

the magnificent abbey –

waters and scan the skyline

stage on day two. See the

whose peaceful cloisters

from the rooftop pool. If

playwright’s Tudor timbered

took a starring turn as the

you are looking to explore

childhood home and his

Hogwarts hallways in the

on foot, discover Bath’s

DAY 1 LONDON – OXFORD – COTSWOLDS After meeting in London, we begin our journey to Oxford and take a step back in time to discover the poets, professors, scientists and sporting heroes that have graced the streets of this historic town.

Bath tells a story. With a

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Avebury stone circle

Longleat House

Stratford-upon-Avon

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proud independent side

with creative interiors.

tremendous final stop on

and wander past stylish

Afterwards, our journey

our tour. That just leaves a

boutiques and celebrated

continues to Avebury, an

leisurely drive back to the

coffee shops. For our last

immense stone circle set

bright lights of London,

dinner together, it’s time to

within an ancient landscape

where we say goodbye. (B)

swap stories and look back

of enigmatic monuments,

with fond memories of our

tombs and roads that were

English journey. (B,D)

first walked millennia ago.

Abbey, Roman Baths, No.1 Royal Crescent, Longleat House and Avebury Stone Circle. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: HOE

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 4 4 9 PP

While Stonehenge attracts DAY 5 BATH – LONGLEAT

tourists from around the

– AVEBURY – LONDON

world and does not permit

The best way to follow

close access, at Avebury

up a day in Bath is with

we have the opportunity

a morning at Longleat.

to walk freely among

This English stately

the standing stones.

home, the current seat

Steeped in mystery, these

of the Marquess of Bath,

prehistoric stone circles are

blends classic architecture

a fascinating sight – and a

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

2

COTSWOLDS

LACOCK BATH

2

AVEBURY

LONGLEAT

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

ENGLAND

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11 G 25

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JUL

02 16

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06 20

13 27 G

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SEP

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10 24

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LONDON

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Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show London | Tunbridge Wells | Windsor 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

Ightham Mote dates back

British gardening royalty,

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 4 WINDSOR –

over 700 years, and can

Christopher Lloyd and

THE SAVILL GARDEN –

only be reached by crossing

explore the gardens that

WINDSOR

••

an ancient stone bridge that

were his pride and joy. (B)

Rise and shine as we have

••

Get access to fabulous

stretches over its very own

show gardens at the Royal

moat. Our next iconic stop

DAY 3 TUNBRIDGE

us. And what better way to

Horticultural Society (RHS)

transports us to Scotney

WELLS – HEVER CASTLE

spend it than discovering

Chelsea Flower Show

Castle before we end

– RHS GARDEN WISLEY –

Windsor’s regal highlights?

Pick up tips for your own

our action-packed day in

WINDSOR

We come back together to

garden as we tour the

Tunbridge Wells, where we

Today, we venture to Hever

visit The Savill Garden in

historic manor houses

enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Castle with its award-

Windsor Great Park. Look

winning gardens where we

out for an array of rare

and beautiful grounds of

••

the whole day ahead of

South East England

DAY 2 TUNBRIDGE

discover the castle that

plants from around the

Enjoy overnight stays in

WELLS – SISSINGHURST

was the childhood home of

world as we walk through

historic royal towns such

CASTLE – GREAT DIXTER

Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s

its themed gardens that

as Tunbridge Wells and

– TUNBRIDGE WELLS

second Queen. Then it’s

showcase the beauty of the

Windsor

This morning our road

time to enjoy the afternoon

seasons. (B)

turns east to Sissinghurst

among the tranquil

Castle Gardens, renowned

surrounds of RHS Garden

DAY 5 WINDSOR –

for its romantic design and

Wisley. Take in the sounds

WADDESDON MANOR –

colourful rose arrangements.

of water flowing through

CLIVEDEN – LONDON

Next, we swap architectural

the rock garden, or relax in

This morning, we swap

layouts for a naturalistic

the Alpine meadow, before

English country houses

approach to planting at

we continue on to Windsor.

for an elegant French

Great Dixter. We tour

(B,D)

château at Waddesdon

DAY 1 LONDON – IGHTHAM MOTE – SCOTNEY CASTLE – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Our tour of England’s green and pleasant land begins at one of the most unique manor houses in the region.

the old, timber-framed

Manor. Next, we marvel

house that was home to

at the grand designs at

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•• •• •• •• ••

Windsor Castle

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Comfortable mini-coach transportation Daily Full English breakfasts (B), 3 evening meals (D) Entrance included to: Ightham Mote, Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Hever Castle, RHS Garden

Kew Gardens

Wisley, Savill Garden,

Scotney Castle

Waddesdon Manor, Great Dixter, Cliveden &

Cliveden. With colourful

to conjure up a slice of

visit the Kew Royal Botanic

gardens for every season

anywhere from Provence

Gardens. The palm house,

and glorious views over the

to Japan, to urban patches

a jaw-dropping example

River Thames, this truly is

with remarkable water

of Victorian engineering, is

something special. Then it’s

features, this is the place

sure to add a final flourish

time to travel to London,

to see the very best of

to that holiday photo

and look forward to the

contemporary garden

album. (B)

excitement of the last days

design. To round off the

to come. (B)

day, we sit down together for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

DAY 6 LONDON – CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

DAY 7 LONDON – KEW

– LONDON

GARDENS – LONDON

The highlight of our

Our last day dawns, but

adventure, the RHS

there are still one or two

Chelsea Flower Show is

natural treasures to explore

yours to enjoy for a full day.

before we say goodbye.

From gardens designed

For a finishing touch, we

CLIVEDEN

2

RHS GARDEN WISLEY

IGHTHAM MOTE

2

TUNBRIDGE WELLS GREAT DIXTER

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 9 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

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19 19 20 20 21 23 24 25

$3,999

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G G G G G G

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LONDON

CHELSEA THE SAVILL FLOWER GARDEN SHOW

TOUR CODE: CFS

Please note: there are a number of dates where more than one departure will be running at the same time but each group stays in different hotels and visits the Chelsea Flower Show on different days. There are also departures where the itinerary is reversed.

ENGLAND

2

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G = Guaranteed Departure

WADDESON MANOR

WINDSOR

Kew Gardens.

Day Stop

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Rye

The Garden of England Canterbury | Rye | Dover | Sissinghurst 5

DAYS

4

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

gives us a glimpse into

quaint shops, and you can

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 3 CANTERBURY –

his private home. This

trace the fishermen’s catch

TENTERDEN – BODIAM

red stone manor is a time

from the pebble beach

CASTLE – RYE

•• •• ••

capsule of 1930s family

to the harbour market. To

We’re back to the golden

Stroll through iconic

life, letting you into the

quench our thirst after all

age of British transport

castles – from Hever,

Churchills’ library, sitting

that salty sea air, we head

today as we board the

Dover and Bodiam

room and study. Then it’s

to Shepherd Neame in

Tenterden Steam Railway to

Wind through beautiful

onwards to Hever Castle,

Faversham where we’re

Bodiam, chugging through

countryside aboard a

the fairytale childhood

treated to a tour and the

idyllic rural scenery in a

traditional steam train

home of Anne Boleyn

chance to sample the

classic carriage. When we

Sample celebrated beers

before she became Henry

award-winning beers made

reach Bodiam, we’re deep

at Shepherd Neame,

VIII’s ill-fated second wife.

at Britain’s oldest brewery.

in storybook territory.

Britain’s oldest brewery

Ornamental English rose

After sufficient time to

With soaring towers, iron-

gardens and the lake that’s

enjoy the local produce, it’s

studded wooden portcullis

ruled by regal swans are

time to divert our attention

and a surrounding moat,

superb for strolling around.

to the magnificent

Bodiam Castle is every inch

Tonight, we sit down to

Canterbury Cathedral.

the archetypal castle style.

enjoy a welcome dinner

In this UNESCO World

Climb spiral staircases, step

together. (D)

Heritage Site – the oldest

onto the great hall dais and

DAY 1 LONDON – CHARTWELL HOUSE – HEVER CASTLE – CANTERBURY Today we’re on the trail of statesmen and Tudors as we depart London and travel to Chartwell House. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill, but a chance to see inside Chartwell

working church in England

look up to spot the murder

DAY 2 CANTERBURY

– we discover medieval

holes as you pass through

– WHITSTABLE –

ruins, the oak-roofed

the gatehouse. Our third

CANTERBURY

monks’ Chapter House and

and final destination of

After breakfast, we take a

a staggering gothic nave

the day is Rye, a charm-

circular route to Whitstable.

before free time to explore

filled market town in 1066

Here, quirky alleyways are

on our own. (B)

country where we visit the

home to snug pubs and

Rye Heritage Centre. Then,

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Bodiam Castle

Canterbury Cathedral

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Echinacea flowers in the gardens of Chartwell House

Canterbury Cathedral, Bodiam Castle, Dover

the evening is yours to

tell centuries of historical

then we continue to

enjoy. (B)

tales, far-reaching views

Sissinghurst, where poet

from the Great Tower and

and writer Vita Sackville-

DAY 4 RYE – DOVER –

dark medieval tunnels with

West’s famous gardens are

RYE

covert cannons every few

a picture of beauty. It’s our

Today we dedicate time

paces. The afternoon sees

last stop before our tour

to Rye, strolling along

us back in Rye, where free

ends back in the capital of

cobbled lanes lined with

time allows for the chance

England. (B)

timber-clad houses, while

to see more of the town

swooning over the charms

before our farewell dinner

that inspired writers and

together. (B,D) DAY 5 RYE –

the shoreline, we arrive

SISSINGHURST –

at Dover Castle and the

LONDON

gateway to the English

This morning we travel

coast. This fortress boasts

onwards to Battle, to visit

evocative interiors that

the historic Monastery

Monastery in Battle For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

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14 28

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04 G 18 G

11 25

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JUL

02 23

16 G 30

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$3,099

AUG

20

27

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SEP

03 17

10

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CANTERBURY

CHARTWELL HOUSE

SISSINGHURST

TENTERDEN DOVER

BODIAM

ENGLAND

Tour Start Point

Heritage Centre and the

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 6 4 9 PP

LONDON

HEVER CASTLE

Castle Garden, Rye

TOUR CODE: KUX

artists from Henry James to Paul Nash. Tracing

Castle, Sissinghurst

2 Overnight Stop

RYE

Day Stop

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St Agnes N E W

T O U R

Cornwall Food Tour Truro | St Agnes | Winchester 5

DAYS

4

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

Glastonbury Abbey. Later,

Cornish pasty making

free time to explore the

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

take a moment to enjoy

demonstration. After

valley with over four miles

the scenery at Tiverton

satisfying our appetite, we

of footpaths featuring a

•• •• ••

Canal before we reach our

travel to Newquay for a

colourful array of magnolias

Cooking demonstration at

accommodation set in a

sea safari to observe the

and spectacular trees.

renowned local restaurant,

valley of manicured lawns

native seals and dolphins in

Finally, round off the day

Fat Hen

and enchanting gardens

their natural environment.

with a well-deserved feast

Enjoy a delicious lunch at

near St Agnes. Tonight, we

After an eventful day, this

at a local pub. (B,L,D)

Rick Stein's restaurant in

come together and share

evening sees us tuck into

Winchester

our first meal and get to

dinner at a local restaurant

DAY 4 ST AGNES –

Indulge in cheese and

know each other. (D)

that overlooks the bay

TOTNES – WINCHESTER

before driving the short

Rise and shine, feast on

wine with a tasting at the Sharpham Vineyard in

DAY 2 ST AGNES – TRURO

distance back to our hotel.

breakfast and enjoy free

Totnes

– ST AGNES

(B,D)

time in the morning while preparing for a delightful

After breakfast, we start with a visit to a traditional

DAY 3 ST AGNES –

day ahead. Our first

DAY 1 LONDON –

and authentic Cider Farm,

PENZANCE – ST AGNES

stop today involves an

GLASTONBURY –

nestled in the heart of

This trip is all about food,

encounter with an iconic

ST AGNES

Cornwall. Wander through

and today is no exception.

duo; a cheese and wine

Prepare your tastebuds for

the orchards and learn

Roll up your sleeves to flex

tasting at a local estate.

a culinary adventure – with

about the process of

your culinary skills with a

After a stroll through the

a Cornwall twist. Meet

crafting award-winning

cooking demonstration

vineyards, take a moment

with the group and your

cider at this family-run

and class in Penzance

to enjoy the beauty of the

knowledgeable Back-Roads

farm. Later, the foodie

along with champagne

area. To end the day, we

Tour Leader before leaving

experience continues

and canapés on arrival.

venture to the charming

the capital of England as

as we meet with a local

Our next stop arrives at

area of Winchester for an

we travel to the majestic

bakery and watch a

the Trebah Garden with

afternoon of free time and

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Rick Stein’s Restaurant

Wine Tasting

Vineyards, St Agnes

dinner at a local restaurant.

a high, we make way to

(B,D)

Rick Stein’s restaurant in Winchester and sit down

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DAY 5 WINCHESTER –

for a memorable lunch

LONDON

before we end in London.

With a strong and historic

Our tour might be over,

past filled with Saxon

however if time allows feel

kings, take in the history

free to continue exploring

of this unique town before

London before returning

meeting for a guided tour

home. (B,L)

Glastonbury Abbey For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: CFT

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 6 9 9 PP

of the iconic Winchester Cathedral. Marvel at the detailed architecture steeped in years of history and be sure you have your camera on standby to capture every moment

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04 18 25

$2,699

$3,799

JUL

16

$2,699

$3,799

SEP

03

$2,699

$3,799

on film. To end the trip on

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ENGLAND

ST AGNES

TIVERTON

3

PENZANCE

Tour Start Point

GLASTONBURY

1

TOTNES

LONDON

WINCHESTER

FALMOUTH

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

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St Ives

Corners of Cornwall Dartmoor | Falmouth | Fowey 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

and peaceful Vicar’s Close.

seafood and international

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 4 FALMOUTH –

From Wells, our path takes

favourites such as Atlantic

TREGOTHNAN – FOWEY

us from the quaint country

Crab. Then it's time to take

There’s a treat for the

•• •• ••

lanes of Somerset to the

it easy as we travel further

green-fingered as we set

Savour lunch at Rick

heather and gorse-clad tors

west to Falmouth, where

off to explore Tregothnan

Stein’s signature ‘The

of Dartmoor National Park.

our day ends. (B,L)

– Cornwall’s largest estate

Seafood Restaurant’ in

Before the day is out, enjoy a

Padstow

welcome dinner together. (D)

and the historic seat of DAY 3 FALMOUTH –

the Boscawen family. A

ST MICHAEL'S MOUNT –

member of the gardening

Cornwall’s largest private

DAY 2 DARTMOOR

ST IVES – FALMOUTH

team gives us a private

estate on a private guided

NATIONAL PARK –

After a hearty breakfast,

tour of the grounds and the

tour

PADSTOW – FALMOUTH

we drive to St Michael’s

tea plantation, where we

Enjoy a two-night stay in

Today we leave Dartmoor

Mount, a tidal island just off

learn all about tea grown

Falmouth, a historic port

for the sheer cliffs of

the coast from Penzance.

in England. We then make

town set on one of the

Cornwall’s northern coast –

Stepping ashore in the

our way to Fowey, a historic

world’s largest natural

a gourmet feast set firmly in

buzzing village, we witness

town that hugs the steep

harbours

our sights. For an appetiser,

life through the eyes of the

banks of the Fowey estuary,

there’s a stroll around Port

islanders and explore the

before settling into our

Isaac, the fishing village

medieval castle, brimming

hotel and enjoying dinner.

made famous by television

with treasures and stories

(B,D)

series, Doc Martin. Next, it’s

from the past. Next, we visit

onwards to the main course:

one of England’s prettiest

DAY 5 FOWEY

From London, we set off on

a leisurely lunch at ‘The

towns, St Ives before we end

We have no set plans

our adventure where our first

Seafood Restaurant’ – Rick

our day in Falmouth where

today, leaving you free

stop is the tiny market city of

Stein’s flagship restaurant in

you can enjoy your evening

to explore Fowey at your

Wells, known for its Gothic

Padstow. Pick from a menu

at leisure. (B)

leisure. (B)

cathedral with a quirky clock

of fresh-off-the-boat Cornish

Get the inside story on

DAY 1 LONDON – WELLS – DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK

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St Michael's Mount

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6 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Daily full English breakfast (B) 4 evening meals (D) 1 lunch at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant (L) Entrance included to: St Michael’s Mount, Salisbury Cathedral entrance donation, private guided

Salisbury Cathedral

tour of Tregothnan

Port Isaac

Estate, Harbour Heritage Museum, Wells Cathedral,

DAY 6 FOWEY – LYME

for a farewell dinner

REGIS – HAWKCHURCH

together. (B,D)

Polperro Heritage Centre For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

Leaving Fowey, we make our way along the south

DAY 7 HAWKCHURCH –

Cornish coast, with a stop

SALISBURY – LONDON

at Polperro fishing village

The adventure isn’t over

before we leave the county

just yet. Our last scenic

behind us. After visiting

jaunt takes us along

magnificent Buckfast

the Old Roman road to

Abbey in south Devon, our road takes us via the green hills and golden

and rolling downs. From

sandstone cliffs of Dorset,

a town steeped in history

before continuing to Lyme

to a modern metropolis,

Regis where we walk in the

we arrive back in London,

footsteps of Jane Austen’s

where our tour ends. (B)

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heroines. Tonight we hang up our hats in Hawkchurch

ENGLAND

ST MICHAELS MOUNT

DARTMOOR

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Pembrokeshire

The Wonders of Wales Brecon Beacons | Conwy | Snowdonia 8

DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

scenery for one day, we reach THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 3 BRECON BEACONS

DAY 4 CONWY

the Brecon Beacons National

- LLANGOLLEN - CONWY

After an eventful few days,

Park and our beautiful base

Our journey takes us

today is all about you with

•• ••

for the next two nights. (D)

further north along

free time to explore

the border regions of

Conwy. (B)

Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea served in

DAY 2 BRECON BEACONS

mid Wales. We reach

glorious surrounds

– WYE VALLEY – BRECON

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct,

DAY 5 CONWY–

Enjoy a private tour of the

BEACONS

the longest and highest

CAERNARFON CASTLE

first Welsh book shop with

Centuries of history have left

structure of its kind and a

– NANT GWRTHEYRN

the shop’s owner

their mark on this remarkable

UNESCO World Heritage

– CONWY

landscape. First, we visit

Site. Later, we enjoy an

We turn west today and

the Big Pit National Coal

afternoon tea together. By

make for the Llanberis Slate

DAY 1 CARDIFF – BRECON

Museum before we travel

evening, we’ll have taken

Mine, Caernarfon Castle,

BEACONS

through the spellbinding

in staggering architecture

once a royal palace built

We set off from our meeting

scenery that winds through

and stately homes, so

for Edward I before we

point in search of the Wales

the Wye Valley before we

it’s only right we add

head to Nant Gwrtheyrn,

of old before gaining our

come to the hauntingly

traditional Welsh culture to

home to the fascinating

first glimpse in the National

beautiful ruins of Tintern

the mix. Tonight a Welsh

Welsh Language Heritage

History Museum of Wales

Abbey, followed by a wine

male voice choir treats

Centre located in a former

at St Fagans followed by a

tasting nearby. Out of the

us to a performance in

quarrying village. We don’t

stop via Caerleon to visit the

valley we find ourselves at

Llandudno. Then it’s on to

just stretch our legs when

Roman Fortress and Baths.

an award-winning vineyard,

our Conwy hotel, where

we get here, we flex our

After a fascinating visit, we

which brings us to the end of

we stay for the next three

language skills with a lesson

point our compasses north

a busy day. (B)

nights. (B)

in tongue-twisting Welsh

and take a route through the

pronunciation. Practise your

dramatic Welsh Valleys. If

new-found skills at dinner

that isn’t enough remarkable

tonight. (B,D)

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Conwy Castle

Welsh male voice choir

DAY 6 CONWY – DEVIL'S

DAY 7 TREGARON –

west coast to meet with

BRIDGE – TREGARON

PEMBROKESHIRE

the Lovespoon Workshop

Rise and shine, we’ve got a

On the cards for today

in Kilgetty. After our visit,

handful of sights to tick off

offers a visit to a Welsh

there’s time to pick up some

today. Our first stop whisks

gold centre, a visit to the

final souvenirs before we

us away to the home of

Cenarth Coracle Centre and

return to Cardiff and say

famous Welsh poet, Hedd

stop at the majestic Castell

farewell to the group. (B)

Wyn and onwards to the

Henllys before we land in

Devil's Bridge – a world

Pembrokeshire – an elegant

famous attraction and home

country estate. Don your

to stunning waterfalls and

best outfit as we meet one

a steam train experience.

last time for dinner together.

Later, enjoy a private tour

(B,D)

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Premium mini-coach transportation Full Welsh breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D) 1 Afternoon tea A Welsh wine tasting experience Visit the first Welsh bookshop Enjoy a performance by a Welsh Choir and language taster session Entrance included to: Cawd Explorer pass, St Fagans Museum, Big Pit Museum, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llanberis Slate Mine, Caernarfon Castle, Nant Gwrtheyrn, Hedd Wyn home, Cenarth Coracle Centre, Rhiannon Welsh Gold Centre, Castell Henllys, Lovespoon workshop

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

of the first Welsh book shop and meet the owner. After

DAY 8 PEMBROKESHIRE –

an exciting day, enjoy dinner

KILGETTY – CARDIFF

in Tregaron together. (B,D)

We finish our adventure

TOUR CODE: RDW

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 9 1 9 PP

by voyaging along the

COUNTRY

CAERNARFON CASTLE

DESTINATION

3

CONWY

NANT GWRTHEYRN

LLANGOLLEN

SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK ENGLAND TREGARON

1 WALES

PEMBROKESHIRE

1

KILGETTY

2

BRECON BEACONS TINTERN CARDIFF

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

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Isle of Skye

A Scottish Journey Inverness | Isle of Skye | Mull | Iona 8

DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

Scotland’s oldest university.

then the rest of the day is at

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 5 ISLE OF SKYE

To end our day, we meet

your leisure to enjoy. (B)

Sensational landscapes, rare

•• •• ••

delicious welcome dinner

DAY 4 INVERNESS –

firing history – Skye delivers

together. (D)

LOCH NESS – PLOCKTON

on every level. This is North

Enjoy a private tour of

wildlife and imagination-

with Ballater and enjoy a

– ISLE OF SKYE

Highland scenery on a

enigmatic castles

DAY 2 BALLATER –

We can’t come here and

grand scale and we immerse

Enjoy an insightful whisky

CAWDOR CASTLE –

not dip our toes in the Loch

ourselves in its unique

talk and tasting

CULLODEN – INVERNESS

Ness legend. While we may

geology, including the

Become an islander

Our day begins in a dramatic

not spy the eponymous

extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt

with two nights on the

fashion as we travel on

‘Loch Ness Monster’, we will

Rock and Old Man of Storr.

stunning Isle of Skye and

through the awe-inspiring

discover the staggering sight

Of course, no visit would be

the striking Isle of Mull

scenery and arrive at the

of a deep, mirror-like loch.

complete without a dram of

Cawdor Castle. After an

Our pre-lunch entertainment

island-made whisky, which we

insightful morning, we visit

offers a visit to Plockton,

sip during a whisky talk and

Clava Cairns and observe

where painted cottages

tasting at the hotel. (B,D)

the historic tombs and the

are clustered around a little

Culloden Visitor Centre

harbour. With our appetites

DAY 6 ISLE OF SKYE –

before reaching our final

for the outdoors whetted,

FORT WILLIAM – ISLE OF

destination, Inverness. (B,D)

we sit down to a seafood

MULL

lunch in Kyle of Lochalsh,

Continuing our journey

DAY 3 INVERNESS

Wester Ross. Today’s final

through soul-stirring Scottish

We’ve had an exciting start

drive is to the Isle of Skye,

scenery, we visit Fort William

to the week! This morning

where we’ll be for two

– a magnet for outdoor

we embark on a walking tour

nights. (B,L)

enthusiasts. Next, there’s just

some of Scotland’s most

DAY 1 EDINBURGH – ST ANDREWS – BALLATER Old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story introduce us to Scotland. We begin by travelling through towering mountains and East Neuk fishing villages before we arrive in St Andrews, a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf and

around Inverness with your

a short ferry ride to the Isle

Back-Roads Tour Leader,

of Mull. (B)

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Iona

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Isle of Mull

Cairns, Culloden, Iona

Seafood lunch

Abbey & Nunnery, Macquaries Mausoleum,

DAY 7 ISLE OF MULL –

grand staterooms and empty

brings us to the magnificent

ISLE OF IONA – ISLE OF

dungeons. This craggy

hilltop castle. As one of

MULL

fortress, clinging to a coastal

Scotland’s most impressive

The best way to see the

cliff is the oldest inhabited

and important monuments,

Hebrides is by island

castle on the island. We then

it’s the perfect end to our

hopping, and today we do

return to the warm welcome

tour before we arrive back in

just that. From Mull’s little

of our hotel and share a final

Edinburgh. (B)

village of Fionnphort we

group dinner together. (B,D)

Duart Castle and Stirling Castle For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: SHF

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sail to Iona, a gem of an island with exquisite natural

DAY 8 ISLE OF MULL –

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beauty. It’s a serene spot for a wander, which takes us to

Taking to the sea once again

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Iona Abbey and Nunnery.

we return to the mainland.

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When we return to Mull

It’s been a tour delving

we’ll have our history hats

deep in Scotland’s heritage,

on and visit the Macquaries

so it’s only right we finish

Museums and peek inside

with a stop via Stirling. A

the Duart Castle which offers

walk through the old town

INVERNESS

ISLE OF SKYE

2

2

PLOCKTON

22

CAWDOR CASTLE

LOCH NESS

1

FORT WILLIAM

ISLE OF MULL

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SCOTLAND ST ANDREWS

ISLE OF IONA

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EDINBURGH

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

By ferry

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Ring of Brodgar

Orkney & The Highlands Inverness | Wick | Kirkwall 4

DAYS

3

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

staggering vistas and wide

today with a journey to the

will do the trick. Enjoy a

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

valleys, to Strathpeffer – a

distant past. Home to a

sample of Scotland’s finest

stylish Victorian spa town.

strong and proud history,

whiskies at the Highland

•• •• ••

With free time to explore,

we walk in the footsteps

Park Distillery before the

Stay two nights on the

we leave land behind and

of ancient islanders at the

afternoon takes us to

Orkney Islands, home to

sail to Orkney on a short

mysterious Maeshowe

Scapa Flow, with its famous

some of the most ancient

ferry journey – complete

tomb, Skara Brae Neolithic

Italian chapel and a photo

sites in Europe

with scenic views. Kirkwall,

village and the mystical

opportunity at the WWII

Explore Orkney at a

first settled by the Vikings,

Ring of Brodgar. Marvel at

ship wreckages. To round

leisurely pace, taking in

is our home for the next two

the astounding structures,

off the day, it’s then time

countless archaeological

nights. Discover the magic

taking in the history and

to board the ferry to the

treasures

of the area with a night free

significance of each sight.

mainland, where we enjoy a

Travel beautiful coastal

to explore, making the most

Next comes Iron Age Broch

farewell dinner together in

and countryside roads

of your time off Scotland’s

of Gurness and, if the

Wick and reminisce on our

through the Highlands

north coast and uncover

tides are on our side, an

tour together. (B,D)

the fascinating, relaxing

atmospheric walk to Brough

and welcoming side to this

of Birsay island. (B)

DAY 1 INVERNESS –

CASTLE – INVERNESS

archipelago. (D)

STRATHPEFFER – ORKNEY

DAY 4 WICK – DUNROBIN

DAY 3 ORKNEY – WICK

Rise and shine, making

Our journey through the

DAY 2 ORKNEY

From the St Magnus

time for one final breakfast

misty crags and heather

Majestic landscapes, scenic

Cathedral to the Bishop’s

together before we

clad moors begins today

roads and imagination-firing

Palace, there are plenty of

continue our journey back

in Inverness. Meet with

history – Orkney delivers

Norse sites to see on our

through to Inverness. It’s

the group and prepare for

on every level. A small

doorstep in Kirkwall. If a

been a tour delving deep

an unforgettable journey

area that’s big on charm,

mid-morning coffee fails

in Scotland’s heritage, so

as our road heads north,

a day spent in historic

to awaken your senses,

it’s only right we finish with

between soaring peaks,

Orkney is on the cards for

a morning distillery tour

a stop via Dunrobin Castle.

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St Magnus Cathedral

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Dunrobin Castle

Brough of Birsay, Earl’s

WWII ship wreckage, Scapa Flow

Palace Kirkwall, Bishop’s Palace Kirkwall, Highland

Here, we make time to

impressive region, as we

visit the impressive white

round up our tour back in

towers and formal gardens

Inverness, the perfect end

of this stately home, with

to our tour. (B)

Park Distillery and Dunrobin Castle. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

ample time to take in the TOUR CODE: ORK

grand history and beauty.

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 3 9 9 PP

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scenery. And with that, it’s

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road and over the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths, with unforgettable views at every turn, focussing our camera lenses on the postcard-worthy good views and soul-stirring Scottish

COUNTRY

2

DESTINATION

ORKNEY

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1

WICK

DUNROBIN CASTLE

STRATHPEFFER SCOTLAND INVERNESS Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

By ferry

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Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm

Highlights of Britain Cotswolds | York | Lake District 10

DAYS

9

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

we have a guided walking

Wales. En route, we stop

paying homage to some

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

tour. Then it’s off to the

to explore the UNESCO

of Britain’s literary greats

Cotswolds where we visit

World Heritage-listed

at the Brontë Parsonage at

•• •• ••

an 18th century woollen

Ironbridge Gorge before

Haworth, we continue to

Discover Britain’s literary

mill to learn about an

we reach Denbighshire for

York. (B)

greats at the Brontë

industry steeped in

an included dinner. (B,D)

Parsonage, Beatrix Potter’s

regional heritage. Tonight’s

Hill Top Farm and William

dinner is at the world

DAY 4 DENBIGHSHIRE –

Wordsworth's home

famous Pudding Club. (D)

SNOWDONIA NATIONAL

Leader will introduce the

PARK – DENBIGHSHIRE

old town of York, before

Indulge your sweet tooth

DAY 6 YORK This morning your Tour

and become a dessert

DAY 2 COTSWOLDS –

It’s time to soak up the

leaving you free to

connoisseur at the world

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

splendour of North Wales’

explore. (B)

famous Pudding Club

– COTSWOLDS

Snowdonia National Park,

Explore the scenic back

Enjoy this morning at your

an area of outstanding

DAY 7 YORK – CASTLE

roads of some of Britain’s

own leisure before a visit

natural beauty and take

HOWARD – LAKE DISTRICT

most spectacular regions,

to Stratford-Upon-Avon; a

part in a Welsh cooking

Experience the glory days

including the Cotswolds,

medieval market town. (B)

demonstration. Tonight,

of the English country

meet back at the hotel for a

estate at the Castle

delicious dinner. (B,D)

Howard. Our path then

Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and

DAY 3 COTSWOLDS

the Lake District

– IRONBRIDGE –

DAY 1 LONDON – OXFORD – COTSWOLDS We leave the capital behind for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford, where

takes us through the

DENBIGHSHIRE

DAY 5 DENBIGHSHIRE

Yorkshire Dales National

This morning we follow

– CHESTER – HAWORTH

Park, where we pass

the crusades of saints and

– YORK

rivers, tiny villages and

kings as we tour Worcester

A walking tour of Chester

centuries-old stone walls.

Cathedral. Our road then

takes us along streets lined

The spectacular conclusion

turns towards the rugged,

with striking black and

to the day’s journey is the

ancient landscapes of

white Tudor buildings. After

Lake District. (B,D)

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Become a dessert connoisseur

Scottish Borders

Ambleside, Lake District

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transportation Full English breakfast daily (B), 5 evening meals (D) Welsh cookery demonstration and lunch (L) Walking tour of Oxford Cruise on Lake Windermere Entrance included to: Brontë Parsonage, Castle Howard, Beatrix

DAY 8 LAKE DISTRICT

DAY 9 LAKE DISTRICT –

Our first stop on the shores

SCOTTISH BORDERS

of Lake Windermere is

Today we visit Birdoswald

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top

Roman Fort before arriving

Farm, where she wrote

at the Scottish Borders. A

many of her beloved

traditional Scottish dinner

children’s stories and

of Haggis and a piper

we also visit Hawkshead

demonstration provides us

Grammar School.

with a grand ending to our

Then we drop by Dove

final night. (B,D)

Potter’s Hilltop Farm, Dove Cottage & Hawkshead Grammar School, Abbotsford House, Rosslyn Chapel. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: LED

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 2 9 9 PP

Cottage, once home to William Wordsworth. The

DAY 10 SCOTTISH

afternoon sees us take

BORDERS – ROSSLYN

to the water on a lake

CHAPEL – EDINBURGH

cruise, before returning to

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$4,299

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our accommodation for a

and Rosslyn Chapel before

APR

relaxing evening. (B)

reaching Edinburgh where MAY

our tour ends. (B)

EDINBURGH ABBOTSFORD

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JUN

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Royal Yacht Britannia N E W

T O U R

Royal Tour of Britain Edinburgh | York | Oxford | London 9

DAYS

8

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

continue to Loch Muick in

Spend the remainder of the

with free time to explore as

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

Ballater – the picnic site of

afternoon at leisure. (B)

you wish before we meet for

•• •• ••

dinner in the evening. (B,D)

Queen Victoria and where some of the Royal family still

DAY 3 BALLATER –

See Balmoral Castle, the

frequent. In the evening, we

EDINBURGH

DAY 5 YORK – FOSSGATE

summer residence of the

sit down for dinner and a

After breakfast, we embark

– YORK

Queen

enjoy an included bagpipe

on a tour of Edinburgh Castle

Today, we begin with a city

Visit Kensington Palace,

performance before retiring

and Royal Mile walk. In the

tour of York where you can

the home of Queen

for the night. (D)

afternoon, we head to the

discover the York Minster and

Royal Yacht Britannia – which

Tower. Later, the afternoon

Victoria & Princess Diana Visit the Royal Yacht

DAY 2 BALLATER –

was used by the Royal family

is yours to explore this

Britannia, the former

BALMORAL – BALLATER

until it was de-commissioned

gorgeous city. (B)

royal yacht of the British

Sensational architecture and

and later transfer back to

monarch

breath-taking scenic views

our hotel. In the evening,

DAY 6 YORK –

set the tone for today as we

we enjoy an evening meal

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON –

enter the Balmoral Castle,

together. (B,D)

SHIPSTON ON STOUR –

DAY 1 EDINBURGH – ST ANDREWS – BALLATER Home to endless natural beauty, history and cobbled streets begging to be discovered, Scotland will not disappoint. Our first stop includes a visit to St Andrews University and free time to stroll around the university’s golf course before we

LEAMINGTON SPA

the summer residence of the Queen, Crathie Church

DAY 4 EDINBURGH –

Our first stop today is

and the Crathie Graveyard.

ROSSLYN – YORK

one for the literary buffs

Next, we journey to

Turning our attention away

with a visit to Stratford-

Braemar Castle for more

from stunning Edinburgh, we

Upon-Avon; the birthplace

jaw-dropping beauty. In

travel to the Rosslyn Chapel

of William Shakespeare.

the afternoon, walk around

(featured in the film The Da

Before the day is out, we

the site of the Highland

Vinci Code) before going to

depart for our hotel and

Games and after, head to

York in the afternoon. With

indulge in dinner in a local

Lochnagar Distillery for a

no set agenda, it’s your turn

restaurant. (B,D)

dram of whisky if you wish.

to write the itinerary today

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Premium mini-coach transportation Breakfast daily (B), 5 evening meals (D) Entrance included to: St Andrews University & Golf course, Balmoral Castle, Crathie Church, Crathie Graveyard, Edinburgh Castle & Royal

Windsor Castle

Mile Walk, Royal Yacht

Balmoral Castle

Britannia, Rosslyn Chapel, Buckingham Palace, St

DAY 7 LEAMINGTON SPA –

more. Then, take a tour of

Palace. En route back to

OXFORD – LONDON

Kensington Palace and visit

London, we pass by Eton

With your eyes set on Oxford

the Princess Diana Memorial

College and say farewell in

today, enjoy a tour of the

Fountain and Albert

the afternoon. (B)

surrounding colleges where

memorial. In the evening,

members of the Royal family

we meet for our farewell

studied before driving to

dinner at Goring, a Michelin-

London. (B)

starred restaurant adorned

House, Braemae Castle, Lochnagar distillery, Kensington Palace, York Minster, Princess Diana & Albert Memorial, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

with Swarovski chandeliers – DAY 8 LONDON

James's Palace & Clarence

frequented by royalty. (B,D)

A trip to England wouldn’t

TOUR CODE: RTB

be complete without a

DAY 9 LONDON –

sightseeing day in London.

WINDSOR – HAMPTON

We start with a tour of

COURT – LONDON

Buckingham Palace, before

Before we say goodbye,

passing by St. James’s

we have one final tour of

Palace, Clarence House,

Windsor Castle before

the Banqueting House and

exploring Hampton Court

SCOTLAND

2 1

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 1 9 9 PP

BALLATER ST ANDREWS EDINBURGH

2

LEAMINGTON SPA STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

1

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

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05 19 G

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JUN

02 16

$5,199

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JUL

07

$5,199

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AUG

11

$5,199

$5,959

SEP

08 G 22

$5,199

$5,959

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ROSSLYN CHAPEL

ENGLAND

2018

YORK

OXFORD

2

LONDON

Day Stop

This tour can be combined with The Emerald Isle page 58,

The Wonders of Wales page 40 and/or Corners of Cornwall page 38.

Please note: When the Royal Family are in residence at Balmoral Castle (usually in Aug and Sept), it will not be possible to enter the castle although you can still see the building from the gates. Also, Buckingham Palace is open to the public usually from 5 Aug to 24 Sept (when the Queen is in Balmoral). Any departures that are not during this period will have a tour of the Royal Mews instead. A tour of Braemar Castle is included. Please note: Dates above are accurate at the time of printing the brochure and may alter for 2018.


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Lincoln

Historic Eastern England Alnwick | Lincoln | Cambridge 8

DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

of Northumberland and spot

DAY 3 NORTH YORK

featured in the film, Pride

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

the sets used in episodes

MOORS – RIPLEY – PEAK

and Prejudice. We also visit

of Downton Abbey. On the

DISTRICT

the world famous Blue John

•• •• ••

menu for tonight: a delicious

Capturing hearts and minds

Cavern, a series of caves

welcome dinner together. (D)

of writers and artists for

in the Peak District, before

Call in at Sandringham Estate, the private retreat

centuries, it’s our turn to

returning to our hotel later

of Her Majesty The Queen

DAY 2 ALNWICK –

discover the dramatic Ripley

on. (B,D)

Experience a behind-the-

DURHAM – WHITBY –

Castle – an iconic country

scenes tour at Newmarket

NORTH YORK MOORS

house. To complete a day of

DAY 5 PEAK DISTRICT –

National Stud

The Normans made

historic sightseeing, we end at

LINCOLN

Enjoy a delicious creamery

their mark on this part of

the stunning Peak District. (B)

We say farewell to the

cheese tasting

England, and possibly the

DAY 1 EDINBURGH – LINDISFARNE – ALNWICK Meeting in the iconic city of Edinburgh, we cross into England and meet with hideaway villages on this grand tour. First stop: Lindisfarne to discover the dramatic ruins. To end the day, we carry on to Alnwick Castle where we’ll be welcomed into the majestic home of the Duke

picturesque Peak District

finest example of this is in

DAY 4 PEAK DISTRICT

and journey onwards to the

Durham. Today we’ll step

– CHATSWORTH HOUSE –

historic town of Lincoln and

inside the Cathedral, a

PEAK DISTRICT

visit the Lincoln Cathedral

magnificent architectural

Driving through the Peak

and Castle. Pay close

monument now designated

District with some of

attention as your Tour

a UNESCO World Heritage

England’s finest scenery

Leader guides you through

Site. Our route carries us to

rippling out around us is

the town and make the most

our destination, Whitby and

a real joy. We stretch our

of free time afterwards. (B)

onwards to Captain Cook’s

legs on a morning stroll at

Museum. Tonight, rest your

Chatsworth House, infused

DAY 6 LINCOLN –

head in the charming North

with Elizabethan history and

SANDRINGHAM ESTATE

York Moors district and

contemporary culture. See

– CAMBRIDGE

enjoy dinner with your fellow

the stunning architecture

Start the day with a visit to a

travellers. (B,D)

said to have inspired Jane

local creamery for a cheese

Austen and the rooms that

tasting and guided tour to

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Premium mini-coach transportation Full English breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D) Punting in Cambridge Entrance included to: Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Durham Cathedral, Captain Cook

Lindifarne

Memorial Museum, Blue

Newmarket National Stud

John Cavern, Cropwell Bishop Creamery, Ripley

educate the group on the

Library and the Bridge of

we may see stallions in the

history of stilton cheese. After

Sighs. Your afternoon in the

paddocks and, occasionally,

our appetite is satisfied, we

city is all yours until we meet

foals in the nursery. We’ll

have a date with royalty as we

again for our final evening

see in the end of our tour

pay a visit to the Sandringham

dinner. Step inside colleges

in London, where we say

Estate. The private residence

and chapels, museums and

farewell. (B)

of Her Majesty The Queen is

galleries – or simply indulge

a magnificent stately house

in a little retail therapy. (B,D)

Castle, Chatsworth House, Sandringham Estate and Newmarket National Stud. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: EDL

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 2 5 9 PP

with picturesque gardens and even a museum. Our final

DAY 8 CAMBRIDGE –

stop of the day takes us to the

NEWMARKET – LONDON

iconic town of Cambridge. (B)

There’s time for one more

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we delve into England’s

MAR

28

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Admire the beautiful ‘Backs’

sporting heritage at

APR

04

18

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$5,259

of Cambridge University,

Newmarket National

MAY

$5,299

Stud. At this working

buildings such as The Wren

thoroughbred stud farm

06 G 13 20

$4,349

spotting world-famous

02 G 09 G 16 24

JUN

06 G 22 G

13 27

$4,349

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JUL

11 G

18 G

$4,349

$5,299

AUG

08 22

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$4,349

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SEP

05 19 G

12

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OCT

03 G

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behind-the-scenes tour so DAY 7 CAMBRIDGE

EDINBURGH

1 1

SCOTLAND

ALNWICK

DURHAM

1

RIPLEY

WHITBY

NORTH YORK MOORS

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2

PEAK DISTRICT

1

LINCOLN SANDRINGHAM

CHATSWORTH HOUSE ENGLAND

2 2

CAMBRIDGE

LONDON

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

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St Malo

London to Paris via the Channel Islands Dorset | Guernsey | Sark | Jersey | St Malo 11

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

10

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

DAY 2 DORSET –

DAY 4 GUERNSEY

DAY 6 JERSEY

GUERNSEY

First on the agenda today is

Jersey isn’t just about

It’s off the coach and all

a stop at Little Chapel – built

exquisite sea-and-sand

aboard the morning ferry to

entirely out of sea shells

views. At La Hougue Bie

Spend a day on Sark, the

Guernsey. At St Peter Port,

before a visit to the German

we discover one of Western

iconic 'dark sky island' and

enjoy free time to roam

Occupation Museum reveals

Europe’s best-preserved

visit a chapel made of sea

before we meet to explore

an extensive collection of

Neolithic sites, with

shells

the Sausmarez Manor

rare artefacts steeped in

prehistoric mounds and a

Explore the only part

where we’re treated to a

history. After an eventful

museum packed with ancient

of the British Isles to be

private tour of this grand

day filled with history and

treasures. Then it’s onwards

occupied during WWII

establishment. (B)

knowledge, the evening is

to Mont Orgueil Castle,

yours to enjoy at your own

which has stood watch over

pace. (B)

Jersey for over 600 years

Enjoy a morning at Mont St Michel, one of France’s

DAY 3 GUERNSEY – SARK

most iconic sites

– GUERNSEY

DAY 1 LONDON – WINCHESTER – DORSET From London we journey to the Winchester Cathedral before we meet with the sublime Isle of Purbeck, via Corfe Castle. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner together. (D)

before retiring in Jersey for

We’re off to a flying start this

DAY 5 GUERNSEY –

morning as we ferry over to

JERSEY

Sark. Getting about involves

Our morning in Guernsey is

DAY 7 JERSEY – ST MALO

a stroll or the ‘toast-rack’ – a

a relaxed one as we ready

Walter Raleigh’s stronghold

tractor-drawn bus – or you

ourselves to depart for our

and Charles II’s refuge –

could simply hire a bicycle.

next island adventure in

Elizabeth Castle has played a

The day is all yours until

Jersey. We get acquainted

huge role in Jersey’s history.

our return ferry back to

with St Aubin – a fishing

Today we can see its wartime

Guernsey and our sit-down

harbour with buckets of

bunkers and the causeway

dinner together. (B,D)

charm before returning to

that permits entrance at low

Jersey for dinner. (B,D)

tide. Later, we swap Britain

the night. (B)

for France and sail to the old walled city of St Malo. (B)

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Mont Orgueil Castle

Cathedral of Chartres

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INCLUSIONS

Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 5 evening meals (D) Ferries to Guernsey, Sark, Jersey, Isle of Purbeck and St Malo Entrance included to: Winchester Cathedral, Sausmarez Manor,

Mont St Michel

German Occupation Museum, Elizabeth Castle, La Hougue Bie,

DAY 8 ST MALO

Dinan by ourselves before

heads in Laval, we indulge

St Malo’s labyrinthine

coming back together for

in a delicious farewell group

streets are best covered on

a taste of classic French

dinner. (B,D)

Mont St Michel, Château

a walking tour – and that’s

cuisine at a traditional

how we begin today. Marvel

restaurant. (B,D)

DAY 11 LAVAL –

Fougères, Corfe Castle

Mont Orgueil Castle, de St Malo, Château de and Chartres Cathedral

CHARTRES – PARIS

at Château de St Malo, once owned by the Dukes

DAY 10 ST MALO –

We end our tour with a

of Brittany and now a town

FOUGÈRES – SAINTE

trip to the Cathedral of

museum, and enjoy the rest

SUZANNE – LAVAL

Chartres – a UNESCO World

of the day as you wish. (B)

As one of Europe’s biggest

Heritage site and one of the

fortresses, Château de

most beautifully preserved

DAY 9 ST MALO – MONT

Fougères captivates at first

examples of Gothic

ST MICHEL – DINAN –

sight and we learn about its

architecture. It’s a fitting

ST MALO

ups and downs this morning.

finale to our travels, which

It’s time to wind our way

The afternoon takes us to

come to a close in Paris. (B)

along Normandy’s coast to

Sainte Suzanne, one of

the rocky islet of Mont St

France’s most beautiful

Michel. We then explore

villages. Before we rest our

ENGLAND

LONDON

DORSET

1

WINCHESTER POOLE

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: CHI

P R I C E S F R O M $ 6 , 0 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

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11

25

$6,099

$8,149

MAY

02 16

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$6,399

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JUN

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$6,399

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JUL

04 G

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$8,399

AUG

01 G 22 G

15 G

$6,399

$8,399

SEP

05 19

12 26

$6,399

$8,399

OCT

03

$6,099

$8,149

G = Guaranteed Departure

GUERNSEY

Contact your travel consultant or the Back-Roads team to request pre and post accommodation plus transfers.

3

ST MALO

3

DINAN

Tour Start Point

FRANCE

2

JERSEY

PARIS

MONT ST MICHEL

1

Overnight Stop

LAVAL

CHARTRES

Day Stop

By ferry

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Giant's Causeway, Northern Island

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CI R O E U LN AT NR DY N A M E

Imagine uncovering rugged stone castles nestled in fields of emerald green; tapping your foot to the sound of pipes and fiddles in a cosy, crowded pub; or tasting a nip of whiskey that trails liquid fire down the back of your throat – this is Ireland in all its glory (and it’s never looked so good). Discover both the proud heritage and the spectacular landscape of the Emerald Isle as you explore the whole island from Derry to Dingle, or soak up the unique atmosphere of the Republic of Ireland’s southern counties. A small country with a large reputation, you are sure to be charmed by the beauty and character of Ireland.

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Kinsale

Corners of Southern Ireland Ennis | Tralee | Kinsale | Kilkenny 6

DAYS

5

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

horses and the chance to

puffin. Next, we head to

founded by Sir William

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

explore the fascinating

Tralee – gateway to the

Petty in 1670. Our first

museum. Next up is

panoramic Ring of Kerry. (B)

stop of the day is Molly

••

Portumna Castle, a semi-

•• ••

Gallivan’s cottage. At first

Visit Molly Gallivan's

fortified house in County

DAY 3 TRALEE – RING OF

glance it seems to be

Cottage and learn the

Galway, before our journey

KERRY – TRALEE

a rustic farmhouse in a

story of a widow who

transports us to Ennis,

Welcome to the beguiling

rural spot, frozen in time.

supported her children by

where we tuck into our first

Ring of Kerry – a town that

But there’s more to it.

brewing illicit whiskey

hearty dinner together. (D)

boasts edge-of-the-world

More than 200 years ago,

seascapes, rippling green

this enterprising widow

See the staggering Cliffs of Moher

DAY 2 ENNIS – CLIFFS OF

lands, ancient forts and

supported her seven

Explore rural Irish towns

MOHER – TRALEE

welcoming villages that rub

children by brewing illicit

and authentic village

Ennis’ character-filled

shoulders with mysterious

whiskey – and her home

culture, away from tourist

avenues are built for

ruins. View Staigue fort, a

was in fact a clandestine

crowds

meandering, but a walking

partly ruined stone ringfort

pub. Our next stop takes

tour really brings to life

that is thought to have

us to the medieval town

the enthralling tales of

been built between 300

of Kinsale. Sea-and-sand

rebellions and riots, myths

and 400 AD. At the Skellig

views, cosy pubs and

and mysteries that swirl

Experience we glimpse

brightly-hued houses make

We begin the tour in Dublin

around these medieval

the lives of early Christian

this a picturesque port of

and journey to the stunning

lanes. When we move on

monks that broke bread

call – and our final stop

countryside of County

to the Cliffs of Moher, your

here. (B,D)

today. (B)

Kildare where we stop at

imagination will really run

the Irish National Stud.

wild. The keen-eyed among

Here, we’re treated to a

DAY 4 TRALEE –

DAY 5 KINSALE –

us – or perhaps just those

private tour, an exclusive

KENMARE – KINSALE

MIDLETON – KILKENNY

who packed binoculars –

We’re at the mouth of

The cobbled streets that

jockey’s-eye-view of the

may even spot a resident

Kenmare Bay, in the town

curve around this pretty

DAY 1 DUBLIN – KILDARE – ENNIS

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5 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Local guide in Kinsale Daily Full Irish breakfast (B), 3 evening meals (D) Irish whiskey tour and tasting Entrance included to: Irish National Stud, Portumna Castle, The

Kilkenny

Skellig Experience,

Cliffs of Moher

Molly Gallivan’s Cottage, Midleton Distillery and Kilkenny Castle

bay are just begging to be

cultural fix as we absorb

is Avoca village, where we

explored, so we spend the

the medieval charm of

pay homage to an Irish

morning on a walking tour

Kilkenny before indulging

institution – Ballykissangel.

of Kinsale. Our whirlwind

in a final feast – fit for a

Pull up a stool in Fitzgerald’s

tour takes in its must-see

king. (B,D)

Pub, made famous in the

TOUR CODE: DUB

BBC TV series. Then pick

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 5 9 9 PP

sights, before we depart for the coast. It was the

DAY 6 KILKENNY –

up one final memento of

departure point for the last

DUBLIN

your travels at the Woollen

123 passengers to board

Before heading back to

Mills. (B)

the Titanic and you’ll notice

Dublin, we make time to

poignant markers of this

stroll around charismatic

around the town. It’s also

Kilkenny. Keep your camera

home to the Old Midleton

poised as our coach

Distillery, where we see

climbs heather-clad hills

how this iconic whiskey

and crosses fairytale glens

is crafted – and sample

that carpet the Wicklow

its smooth character for

Mountains. At the heart

ourselves. We get a final

of that dramatic scenery

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

MAR

19

26

$2,599

$2,999

16

23 G

$2,599

$2,999

30 G

DUBLIN

KILDARE

1

2018

APR

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

CLIFFS OF MOHER

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

AVOCA

ENNIS

MAY

07 G 14 G 24

10 21 G 28 G

$2,699

$3,199

JUN

04 G 14 25 G

11 G 18 G

$2,699

$3,199

JUL

02 16 G

09 30 G

$2,699

$3,199

AUG

06 G 16 27

13 G 20 G 30

$2,699

$3,199

SEP

06 13 G 20

10 G 17 G 24 G

$2,699

$3,199

OCT

01

$2,599

$2,999

G = Guaranteed Departure

2

1 TRALEE

RINGS OF KERRY KENMARE

Tour Start Point

KILKENNY

Overnight Stop

1

MIDDLETON KINSALE

Day Stop

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Tipperary

The Emerald Isle Belfast | Galway | Dingle | Kilkenny 12

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• ••

11

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

DAY 2 BELFAST

city walls of Londonderry and

unique insight into Ireland’s

– LONDONDERRY

then continue the journey to

past. As the day draws to

You don’t have to delve

the Isle of Doagh where we’ll

a close, we’ll complete our

deep into Northern Ireland’s

learn of the local population’s

journey with a walking tour

Discover Northern

past to see the influences

experience of the devastating

through the harbour city of

Ireland's dramatic history

on contemporary culture.

Irish Famine. (B)

Galway. (B)

in an escorted Black Cab

This morning begins with an

tour of Belfast’s unique

escorted Black Cab tour of

DAY 4 LONDONDERRY –

DAY 6 GALWAY

street art and political

Belfast’s unique street art –

BALLYFARNON

Today is yours to enjoy as you

murals

its political murals, followed

More fascinating history is on

wish in buzzing, bohemian

Marvel at the mysterious

by a visit to the Titanic

the cards today at the Ulster-

Galway. (B)

Giant’s Causeway

Museum where we discover

American Folk Park, where we

the personal stories that

learn why two million people

DAY 7 GALWAY – THE

surround this fateful ship.

sailed from Ulster to embark

BURREN – DINGLE

We continue to Ballyscullion

on a fresh life in the New

We meet with the picturesque

Park, a historic private

World and make time for a

area of Caherconnell and

country house, where lunch

pottery demonstration. The

witness local sheepdog

will be waiting for us. Later,

day ends in Ballyfarnon where

trials in action. We continue

we explore Ireland’s natural

we regroup for an evening

across the Burren and round

geological wonder – the

meal together. (B,D)

off the day with a visit to the

DAY 1 DUBLIN – BELFAST From Dublin, we venture to the prehistoric site of Newgrange and visit the Battle of Boyne for an exciting preview of what to expect over the days to come. Tonight, we arrive in Belfast and enjoy a delicious meal together. (D)

magnificent Cliffs of Moher,

Giant’s Causeway – before arriving in Londonderry. (B,L)

DAY 5 BALLYFARNON –

rising high above the Atlantic.

CONNEMARA – GALWAY

(B,D)

DAY 3 LONDONDERRY

The morning sees us in

– NORTH IRISH COAST

Westport before visiting the

DAY 8 DINGLE PENINSULA

– LONDONDERRY

award-winning Connemara

We’ll begin in south-west

Today, stroll along the old

Heritage Centre to gain a

Ireland’s jewel in the crown

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11 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Full Irish breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 evening meals (D) Black Cab tour of Belfast Entrance included to: Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Ulster

Pottery Demonstration

American Folk Park,

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Country Galway

Cliffs of Moher, Charles Fort, Connemara

– the Dingle Peninsula before

will be blessed with the gift

DAY 11 BLARNEY –

stopping off at the Blasket

of eloquence. Tonight, make

TIPPERARY – KILKENNY

Islands Centre. The afternoon

the most of your new found

As we approach the final few

gives us plenty of free time

eloquence over dinner at the

chapters of our tour we find

to delve deeper and explore

hotel. (B,D)

ourselves at rural Tipperary

Heritage Centre, Swiss Cottage, Huntington Castle For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

and Swiss Cottage to then

Dingle. (B) DAY 9 DINGLE – KENMARE

DAY 10 BLARNEY –

carry on through to Kilkenny,

TOUR CODE: IRL

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 0 9 9 PP

KINSALE – BLARNEY

Ireland’s ‘most perfect’

– BLARNEY

The port and fishing town of

medieval city. (B,D)

Peaks and lakes are on the

Kinsale is where we’ll start our

cards today. Time to take in

walking tour through history

DAY 12 KILKENNY –

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the views across the stunning

and a stop at Charles Fort

AVOCA – DUBLIN

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

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05

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$6,099

Killarney Lakes and onwards

before returning to Blarney

Our last day sees us reach

APR

09

16

$5,199

$6,199

to Kenmare before the

for the evening. (B)

the ‘fair city’ of Dublin

19 30

23 G

adventure continues with

with a stop via Avoca and

a visit to the iconic Blarney

Huntingdon Castle where our

Castle. Legend has it, if you

tour ends. (B)

MAY

03 10 17 24 31

G G G G G

07 14 G 21 G 28 G

$5,299

$6,299

JUN

04 11 18 25

G G G G

07 14 21 28

G G G G

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$6,299

JUL

02 09 16 30

G G G G

05 12 26 G

$5,299

$6,299

AUG

02 G 09 16 23 G 30

06 13 G 20 27 G

$5,299

$6,299

SEP

03 10 G 17 G 24

06 G 13 G 20 27

$5,299

$6,299

OCT

01 07

04 08

$5,199

$6,199

kiss the Blarney Stone you NORTH IRISH COAST

22

LONDONDERRY

11 BALLYFARNON

GALWAY

NORTHERN IRELAND

11 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

22

THE BURREN 1 1

DINGLE

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

DUBLIN AVOCA

KILKENNY TIPPERARY

22

KENMERE

BELFAST

22

BLARNEY KINSALE

Day Stop

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C OS U P A N IT NR Y E A L P O N R A T M U G & M O R O C C O

Dramatically diverse, intensely passionate and known for some of the world’s most flavoursome cuisine, the kaleidoscopic journey through Spain, Portugal and Morocco promises to be nothing short of incredible. Immerse yourself in a land where the language is as fluid as the sangria in your wine glass and one short drive will see you entering a new and exotic culture. Traverse legendary mountain passes, marvel at ancient Kasbahs, bask on picture-perfect beaches and plunge into the rhythm of daily life – this alluring region is set to inspire.

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Santana thatched roofed houses N E W

T O U R

Madeira Highlights Funchal | Porto | Santana 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

and Winston Churchill,

DAY 3 FUNCHAL – PORTO

transport, we swap wheels

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

both said to have regularly

MONIZ – CABO GIRÃO –

for water with a relaxing

visited this unique island

FUNCHAL

boat cruise on a replica

•• •• ••

and discover the highlights

Prepare your eyes for

of Christopher Columbus

Enjoy a scenic boat

of Madeira. Meet the group

the beauty of the Eira do

boat Nau Santa Maria

cruise around Funchal

today in Funchal and settle

Serrado viewing site to

before retiring for the

Bay aboard a replica of

into your hotel before

admire the stunning views

night. (B,L)

Christopher Columbus

meeting for a welcome

before we visit the nearby

Nau Santa Maria

dinner with the group. (D)

volcanic caves formed

DAY 5 FUNCHAL –

thousands of years ago. We

QUEIMADAS – SANTANA

Take a tour of Quinta do Furão Hotel Estate and

DAY 2 FUNCHAL – MONTE

then drive to Porto Moniz

This morning we travel in

Vineyards and indulge in

– BOTANICAL GARDENS –

and visit the natural water

Jeeps to Pico do Areeiro

wine tasting

FUNCHAL

pools made up of volcanic

viewing site to snap some

Roll up your sleeves and

Time to put on your

rock. Then, we take a short

memorable photographs

take part in a cooking

explorer's hat and prepare

journey to Cabo Girão

before proceeding to

class at Quinta do Furão

for a full day of sightseeing.

before we end for the day

Ribeiro Frio trout nurseries

Hotel

Tick off the Mercado dos

back in Funchal. (B)

and Waling Levada dos Balcões viewing site.

Lavradores before we reach DAY 1 FUNCHAL Just a stone's throw away from Portugal, this island is home to rugged cliffs, flawless beaches and a food scene to rival any city across the world. Walk in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin

Bordal for an insightful tour

DAY 4 FUNCHAL – FAJÃ

After, walk along the water

of a traditional embroidery

DOS PADRES – FUNCHAL

canals and through the

factory. This afternoon,

From Funchal, we journey

famous Laurisilva Forest in

we’re reaching new heights

to Camara de Lobos to

Levada dos Balcões before

to catch a cable car from

observe the fishermen in

we sit down for a lovely

Funchal to Monte where we

action before we drive to

picnic lunch in Queimadas.

visit the Botanical Gardens

Fajã dos Padres and enjoy

In the afternoon, we drive

for a dose of stunning

time for lunch. Swapping

to Sanatana for a view

greenery. (B)

our traditional mode of

of thatched roof houses

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Funchal

Wine Tasting

Porto Moniz

and later visit a vineyard

DAY 7 SANTANA –

for wine tasting before

PORTO DA CRUZ –

indulging in dinner at the

PICO DO FACHO –

hotel. (B,L,D)

FUNCHAL On the last day of the tour,

DAY 6 SANTANA

we head to Porto da Cruz

Roll up your sleeves

for a visit to the Engenho

and prepare for an

old factory. Next, we drive

enlightening cooking class

to Pico do Facho Belvedere

at Quinta do Furão Hotel.

and the stunning viewing

The rest of the day is yours

sites before ending our tour

to explore before sitting

in Funchal. (B)

passengers. (B,L,D)

PORTO MONIZ

2

SANTANA PORTO DA CRUZ

QUEIMADAS

4

Day Stop

Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D) A tour of an embroidery factory in Bordal Cable car ride from Funchal to Monte Botanical Gardens visit in Monte Visit to Volcanic Caves in São Vicente A scenic boat cruise around Funchal Bay Wine tasting at Quinta do Furão Hotel Estate and Vineyards Cooking class and lunch at Quinta do Furão Hotel

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TWN /DBL

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MAY

11 25 G

$3,599

$4,299

JUN

15

$3,599

$4,299

JUL

20

$3,599

$4,299

AUG

17

SEP

14 G 21

$3,599

$4,299

G = Guaranteed Departure

PICO DO FACHO

Overnight Stop

Driver & Tour Leader

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 5 9 9 PP

hotel with your fellow

Tour Start Point

Experienced Back-Roads

TOUR CODE: MAD

and folklore show at the

FAJÃ DOS PADRES

accommodation

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down for a farewell dinner

MADEIRA

6 nights in boutique

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MONTE FUNCHAL

By sail

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Porto

Discover Portugal Lisbon | Coimbra | Douro Valley | Porto 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

opportunity to paint your

DAY 3 LISBON – NAZARÉ

travel even further back in

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

own tile. Tonight, there’s an

– ALVADOS

time to Coimbra – home

evening welcome dinner

Our first stop today is the

to a historic university and

•• •• ••

waiting in a local restaurant,

romantic village of Obidos.

included entrance to St.

Cruise the Douro River in

accompanied by the

After walking around the

Michael Chapel. (B,D)

a traditional-styled, but

mournful laments of Fado

charming fishing town

electric powered rabelo

singers. (D)

of Nazaré by ourselves,

DAY 5 COIMBRA –

we regroup to enjoy an

LAMEGO – DOURO

boat Explore the magnificent

DAY 2 LISBON – SINTRA –

included cooking class and

VALLEY

Coimbra University Library

CASCAIS – LISBON

sumptuous dinner. (B,D)

Remote. Majestic. Wild. It

Visit the magnificent

This morning we drive

UNESCO World

to the picturesque Sintra

DAY 4 ALVADOS – FÁTIMA

Valley – the region devoted

Heritage-listed Jeronimos

– dotted with turreted

– COIMBRA

to port wine. On the way to

Monastery in Lisbon and

palaces, grand villas and

Do you believe in miracles?

the Douro Valley we make

the Shrine of our Lady of

plenty of ‘wow’ factor.

Either way, you’ll be

time to visit Lamego, a small

Fatima in Batalha

We’ll visit the famous

intrigued by the world-

town located on the shores

Pena Palace, extravagantly

famous Shrine of Our Lady

of the Balsemão River that

furnished in late Victorian

of Fátima. It’s claimed that

is famous for its architecture

style, complete with oil

in 1917, the Virgin Mary

and hilltop views. After

paintings and priceless

appeared “more brilliant

lunch, we will visit a local

porcelain. We then continue

than the sun” before three

winery to experience the

to the busy fishing port of

young shepherd children.

regional tipples, while still

Cascais, enjoying the scenic

After visiting Fatima we go

finding time in the afternoon

views and rugged coastline

to a local olive oil co-op

to take a scenic boat trip

on the way. (B)

to learn the secrets of oil

along the Douro River on an

production. After seeing

electric rabelo boat (if you

the spot for ourselves, we

wish). Raise a toast to this

DAY 1 LISBON Meet with the group before we delve into a full day tour of Lisbon. With an included visit to the Tile Painting Museum, watch and learn as local artisans showcase the authentic colours of Portugal plus get the

must mean we’re in Douro

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INCLUSIONS

European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D) Wine and port tasting Entrance included to: Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belem Tower, Pena

Coimbra

Palace, Shrine of Our

Lisbon

Lady of Fatima, Porto Cathedral, Guimaraes

wonderful valley and rest

in all its Romanesque

the imposing Sanctuary of

overnight. (B)

splendour. Tonight, we will

Bom Jesus do Monte, an

enjoy a farewell dinner and

important pilgrimage site

DAY 6 DOURO VALLEY –

reminisce on our fabulous

since 1811, before our tour

PORTO

tour. (B, D)

ends on return to Porto. (B)

Castle, Coimbra University and Bom Jesus do Monte For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

This morning, we visit a local vineyard for a morning

DAY 7 PORTO –

of wine tasting. The day

GUIMARÃES – PORTO

continues with a drive to

All hail to the birthplace

Porto, Portugal’s second

of Portugal’s first king.

largest city. After getting

Historic Guimãraes is

our fill of medieval lanes, churches and small squares,

TOUR CODE: PORT

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 0 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

often referred to as ‘the

FEB

26

$4,099

$4,899

cradle city’ – boasting an

MAR

19

$4,099

$4,899

we’ll tick off some important

imposing medieval castle,

APR

19

$4,150

$4,999

landmarks along the riverside

churches and the lovely

16 30 G

promenade, including the

cobbled street, Rua de Santa

MAY

Church and Porto Cathedral

the Old Town, we drive to

10 17 28 G

$4,999

Maria. After stopping by

07 14 G 21

$4,150

Bolsa Palace, San Francisco

JUN

04 G 18 G

11 G 25

$4,150

$4,999

JUL

09

$4,150

$4,999

AUG

06

$4,150

$4,999

$4,150

$4,999

$4,150

$4,999

PORTO

1

GUIMARÃES

1 1 NAZARÉ

1 SINTRA CASCAIS

Tour Start Point

2

DOURO VALLEY

OCT

COIMBRA

FÀTIMA ALVADOS

LISBON

Overnight Stop

SEP

PORTUGAL

Day Stop

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03 G

10 G

13 20

17 G 24

01

08 G

15

22

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Catalonia

Highlights of Northern Spain Catalonia | Navarre | The Basque Country 8

DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

behind, we arrive at El

DAY 3 EL PORT DE LA

ramparts and climb towers,

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

Puerto de la Selva and

SELVA – BESALU – RIPOLL

we learn about the dukes

make a stop via Girona.

– CARDONA

of Cardona – known as

••

A welcome dinner in

Today we climb from the

the ‘kings without crowns’

Enjoy free time in

this secluded town is

shores of the Costa Brava

because of their wealth and

Cadaques, a fishing

the perfect way to make

to the northern mountains.

power. (B)

town where Salvador

ourselves at home for our

Besalu, a medieval

Dali formed his surrealist

two-night stay. (D)

village with Romanesque

DAY 5 CARDONA – JACA

vision, and discover the

•• ••

architecture, makes an

It’s back on the road through

artist’s workshop, library

DAY 2 EL PORT DE LA

intriguing gateway to this

the mountain passes of the

and gardens.

SELVA – CADAQUÉS – EL

rural region. We continue

Spanish Pyrenees. Soul-

Experience Michelin-

PORT DE LA SELVA

upwards, stopping at Ripoll

stirring views wait around

starred cuisine with a

Morning takes a turn for

before arriving in Cardona.

every turn. Next, we reach

farewell dinner at an

the surreal as we visit

(B)

Jaca, known as the ‘Pearl of

inventive restaurant in the

the Salvador Dalí house-

Basque Country

museum in Port Lligat. A

DAY 4 CARDONA

Visit the salt mines in

labyrinthine home built

Cardona has our full

Cardona

using fishermen’s cabins,

attention today. First up

DAY 6 JACA – OLITE –

it’s fascinating to peer into

is the remarkable Salt

PAMPLONA – LAGUARDIA

the Pyrenees’ and spend the night here. (B,D)

the artist’s workshop and

Mountain, where we take an

What better place to begin

DAY 1 BARCELONA –

library, and wander through

underground tour of one of

our exploration of this

GIRONA – EL PUERTO DE

the gardens. Next up is

the world’s most important

historic region than Olite,

LA SELVA

free time in Cadaques. This

salt mines. Then it’s back

the medieval town that was

Our Spanish odyssey

elegant, arty town is ideal

to the surface for free time

once the seat of the Navarre

begins with a tour of

for a leisurely stroll before

in the town centre, whose

court. Seek out hidden

Barcelona’s highlights.

we return to El Port de la

origins trace back to the

walkways and courtyards

Leaving the city buzz

Selva. (B)

11th century. As we wander

before we drive to

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Colorful basque houses at Bilbao

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Entrance included to: Salvador Dali House, Salt Mountain Cultural Park, Parador de Cardona, Olite Castle.

Authentic cuisine

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Cardona

Pamplona. Then, we follow

DAY 8 LAGUARDIA –

the road to Laguardia. (B)

GETARIA – BILBAO

TOUR CODE: BAR

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 6 8 5 PP

Our first stop is the village DAY 7 LAGUARDIA – LA

of Getaria where we learn

RIOJA – LAGUARDIA

more about a favourite

While in La Rioja, we pay

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DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

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fixture of tapas menus at

MAR

21

$4,685

$5,775

homage to the region’s

an artisan producer. We

APR

18

$4,685

$5,775

winemaking heritage in

continue our drive until we

MAY

sampling local wines.

comes to an end. (B)

09 23 30 G

$5,775

reach Bilbao where our tour

02 G 16 G 26

$4,685

the best way possible:

JUN

06 G 20

13 27 G

$4,685

$5,775

JUL

25

$4,685

$5,775

AUG

29

$4,685

$5,775

SEP

05 14 26 G

$4,685

$5,775

starred restaurant, renowned

OCT

03

$4,685

$5,775

for its creative recipes. (B,D)

G = Guaranteed Departure

We’re lucky enough to visit a distinguished winery, accompanied by authentic pintxo snacks. Then it’s back to Laguardia where we dine for dinner at a Michelin-

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BILBAO

GETARIA

LAGUARDIA LA RIOJA

2

PAMPLONA OLITE

1

JACA

RIPOLL SPAIN

CARDONA

2

BESALU

2

EL PORT DE LA SELVA

GIRONA BARCELONA

Tour Start Point

12 G 19

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

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Toledo

Iberian Inspiration Toledo | Cordoba | Granada | Ronda | Aracena 11

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

10

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

DAY 2 TOLEDO –

DAY 4 CÓRDOBA – UBEDA

DAY 6 GRANADA

VALDEPEÑAS – CÓRDOBA

– BAEZA

Intricately carved archways.

Our road continues south

Today we pay court to two

Lavish interiors featuring

across the vast plains of La

great women of Andalucía.

colourful tiles. Vibrant

Experience the historic

Mancha, where Cervantes’s

The towns of Ubeda and

gardens. The Alhambra, a

charm of Córdoba,

Don Quixote jousted with

Baeza, called ‘Queen’ and

breathtaking Moorish palace

Granada, Baeza and

windmills. We pause in

‘Lady’ respectively by poet

perched on a hilltop outside

Estremoz and Ronda from

Valdepeñas to visit a local

Antonio Machado, are

Granada, must be seen to

old-town boutique hotels

bodega for wine and tapas,

replete with spectacular

be believed. Afternoon finds

Watch black Iberian pigs

before continuing on to

Renaissance palaces. This

us back in the city centre,

roam in the Sierra de

Córdoba – our home for the

morning we pause to taste

where you’re free to discover

Aracena and taste famous

next two nights. (B,L)

Spanish olive oil at its source

the city – just be sure to take

in a peaceful olive grove,

in the stunning cathedral. (B)

Jamón ibérico Spend the night in Seville

DAY 3 CÓRDOBA

before settling into our

and enjoy a traditional

This morning we go back to

hotel. Dinner tonight is a

DAY 7 GRANADA – RONDA

Flamenco show

the days of Islamic Iberia in

group affair. (B,D)

From Granada our path turns east, passing through

Córdoba’s old town. Today you’re free to explore at

DAY 5 BAEZA - JAÉN -

rural countryside to Ronda.

your own pace. Seek out

With a dramatic setting on

After meeting in Madrid,

GRANADA

hidden squares and local

Our first stop today is Jaen

the edge of a deep canyon,

we begin our journey to

cafés, pamper yourself at

Cathedral, with its towers

this historic town boasts

Toledo where centuries

a traditional hammam or

set against a backdrop of

breathtaking views. (B)

of history come alive.

simply marvel at the city’s

rolling hills. After free time,

Afterwards, we sit down

eye-catching architecture. A

we continue on to Granada.

to a welcome dinner

DAY 8 RONDA – JEREZ

highlight is the monumental

With two nights here, we

in a traditional Spanish

– ARCOS – GRAZALEMA –

Mezquita – a UNESCO

have plenty of time to

restaurant. (D)

SEVILLE

protected mosque. (B)

unravel its secrets. (B)

Today we drive to Jerez to

DAY 1 MADRID – TOLEDO

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Seville

Ronda

•• •• •••• •• •• •• ••••

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(B), 3 evening meals (D) Tapas lunch with wine tasting Olive oil and Ibérico ham tasting Flamenco show Entrance included to: Santa Maria la Blanca, San Juan de los

visit a local winery with a

DAY 10 SEVILLE –

DAY 11 ESTREMOZ –

private gallery followed by a

SIERRA DE ARACENA

ÉVORA – LISBON

tapas lunch and wine tasting.

– ESTREMOZ

We set our sights for

Later, we visit Seville where

The city rooftops disappear

Portugal today, first

tonight we enjoy a traditional

as we head into the great

travelling to Vila Viçosa and

flamenco show. (B)

outdoors. Our first stop is at

then on to Evora before

Reyes, Mezquita, Jaén Cathedral, Alhambra, Gruta de la Maravillas, Vila Viçosa. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

Gruta de las Maravillas, a cave

our road winds into Lisbon

DAY 9 SEVILLE

in the town center of Aracena,

where we say farewell. (B)

After breakfast, it’s time to

before we drive to Ibéricos,

explore Seville at your own

a pig farm in the Sierra de

leisure. You could search

Aracena and Picos de Aroche

out Roman ruins, Moorish

National Park. After working

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mosaics and classical

up an appetite, we sample

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

FEB

15

$5,399

$6,399

squares. Or take yourself

the famous Jamón Ibérico,

MAR

08

18

$5,399

$6,399

on a tapas tour, hopping

before making a visit to Castle

from bar to bar, sampling

Vila Vicosa. We continue to

APR

$6,499

Estremoz to end the day.

08 G 19 26 G

$5,499

Andalucían specialities in

05 G 12 22

each. (B)

(B,D)

MAY

03 10 17 31

G G G G

06 13 24 G

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07 14 21 28

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10 17 24

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12

26

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23 G

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06 G 13 G 23 29 G

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01

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COUNTRY

DESTINATION

PORTUGAL LISBON

1

SPAIN

ESTREMOZ

SIERRA DE ARACENA SEVILLE

TOLEDO

CÓRDOBA

2

2

RONDA

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

MADRID

1

TOUR CODE: SPA

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 3 9 9 PP

VALDEPEÑAS

1

BAEZA

1 2

GRANADA

Day Stop

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Marrakech market

Majestic Morocco Fes | Marrakech | Essaouira | Casablanca 11

DAYS

10

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

relax with a welcome dinner

DAY 4 FES – MIDELT –

pit stop, we reach the equally

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

at our riad. (D)

ERFOUD – MERZOUGA

staggering Dades Gorge.

We make our way to Ifrane in

By the time dinner is served,

•• •• ••

DAY 2 FES – MEKNES –

the Middle Atlas mountains,

we’ll have incredible photos

Learn a colourful couscous

MOULAY IDRISS – FES

driving past lakes, waterfalls

to compare. (B,L,D)

recipe on a traditional

Today, we make way to the

and cedar forests. After lunch

Moroccan homestay in

UNESCO World Heritage-

it’s time to cross the Atlas

DAY 6 DADES GORGE –

Moulay Idriss

listed Meknes, where streets

Mountains to Erfoud – the

OUARZAZATE

Become a Berber

zigzag from the medina.

Gate of the Sahara Desert.

Taking the Route of a

overnight and sleep in

Outside, in the olive grove-

We swap mini-coach for

Thousand Kasbahs, we drive

a luxury Sahara Desert

dotted countryside is the

four-wheel drive, diving into

to a local village and meet a

camp

town of Moulay Idriss. Here,

the desert. Beneath a starlit

Berber family. Our road then

Channel your inner

we join a traditional cooking

sky we sample an authentic

takes us onwards to El Kelaa

Humphrey Bogart and

class, where vegetable-

Berber feast and watch

des Mgouna where fields

Ingrid Bergman with

studded couscous is on the

a time-honoured dance

are carpeted with roses.

dinner and drinks in

menu. (B,L)

display. (B,L,D)

Reaching Ouarzazate, we rest

Casablanca’s Rick’s Café

DAY 1 CASABLANCA – RABAT – FES In Rabat we see the elaborate marble Mausoleum of Mohammed V and nearby Hassan Tower that’s similarly spectacular. When we arrive in Fes, we

for the night. (B,D) DAY 3 FES

DAY 5 MERZOUGA –

Sightseeing in Fes comes

TODRA GORGE – DADES

DAY 7 OUARZAZATE

courtesy of a medina walking

GORGE

– AIT BENHADDOU –

tour including a visit to

Ever thought you’d watch

MARRAKECH

Kairaouine Mosque and the

the sun rise and set over

En route to Marrakech,

Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss.

desert dunes? We know the

we can’t help but visit

Another Moroccan must-

perfect spot. The first stop

the fortified village of Ait

see is a carpet cooperative,

of today: the Todra Gorge, a

Benhaddou which is a

where Fes’ artistic heritage is

towering ochre ravine in the

UNESCO World Heritage

woven into vivid rugs. (B,L)

High Atlas. After a lunchtime

Site. The landscape then

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Moroccan Vegetable Couscous

Rabat

Sahara Desert

coast. We linger here for

to the local markets. (B)

turns tawny as we take the

a time, but we do have a

Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass. By early afternoon we’ll

DAY 9 MARRAKECH –

very special reservation

have reached the hustle and

ESSAOUIRA

tonight – at Rick’s Café in

bustle of Marrakech. (B,D)

Mirage-like Essaouira is a

Casablanca. Over dinner and

fortified port town that rises

drinks you’ll almost be able

DAY 8 MARRAKECH

up beside the water, fringed

to hear the sound of Sam’s

Today we go roving in

with palms. After lunch, we

piano and the rousing lines

Marrakech. It’s a captivating

meet with a local argan oil-

of La Marseillaise within this

collision of fragrant spices,

cooperative and learn the

lantern-lit, living film set.

rainbow-coloured wares

secrets of the ‘liquid gold’.

(B,L,D)

and all things exotic. A

(B, L)

•• •• •• •• •• •••• •••• ••••

sightseeing tour including

DAY 10 ESSAOUIRA –

a visit to a Koran School,

OUALIDIA – CASABLANCA

day, we take in the enormous

Jemaa el Fnaa, the Medina

Sticking to the water, we

Hassan II Mosque, with its

and Bahia Palace, Yves Saint

travel to Oualidia that’s

200-metre high minaret.

Laurent Gardens and a trip

set on a sublime stretch of

Then, we say goodbye. (B)

QUALIDIA MARRAKECH ESSAOUIRA

1

2

1

FES MIDELT

DADES GORGE

QUARZAZATE

1

MERZOUGA

MOROCCO

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Tour Leader & Driver Local guides in Fes, Meknes and Marrakech Premium mini-coach transportation Daily breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 6 evening meals (D) Moroccan cooking class Traditional tea ceremony Berber dance show Visit an argan oil cooperative Visit a carpet cooperative Entrance included to: Mausoleum Kairaouine Mosque and University, Moulay Idriss, Jemaa el Fnaa, Koran School, Yves Saint Laurent Garden, Bahia Palace and Hassan II Mosque.

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In Casablanca for one final

3

1

Experienced Back-Roads

of Mohammed V,

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TWN /DBL

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20

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17

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MAY

01 G 15 G 22 29 G

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JUN

05

$4,799

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SEP

14 18 G 25

$4,799

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OCT

02 09

$4,799

$5,799

RABAT

1

accommodation

DAY 11 CASABLANCA

local guide leads us on a

CASABLANCA

10 nights in boutique

Day Stop

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Indoor market, Florence

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I T A L Y & M A L T A

Boasting layers of undisturbed history, architectural elegance and landscapes that must be seen to be believed, Italy and Malta serve as destinations where dreams are made. Embark on a journey of historical significance as you meander through Italy, where fashionable capitals meet humble mountain villages, and the Mediterranean Sea is dotted with luxury superyachts. If island life is calling, the majestic archipelago of Malta will dazzle you with its prehistoric temples, hidden coves and thrilling dive spots. A rightfully popular holiday region, the hardest part will be returning home.

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Gulet Boat N E W

T O U R

Sail the Bay of Naples Sorrento | Ventotene | Ponza 8

DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

12

GUESTS

the evening for a welcome

has to offer, such as the

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 5 ISLAND OF ISCHIA

dinner. (D)

Amphitheatre of Pozzuoli

– VENTOTENE

and Terme di Baia before

Spend the morning today

•• •• ••

DAY 2 MARINA DI STABIA

you have some time to

navigating to the island of

Sail through some of

– SORRENTO – MARINA DI

spend lunch at your own

Ventotene with your Tour

Italy’s most beautiful and

STABIA – POZZUOLI

leisure. In the afternoon, we

Leader before having time

historic islands

What better way to start the

continue strolling through

to stroll across the island

Enjoy a walking tour of

day than with a walking tour

the city before returning

at your own pace. Explore

Sorrento

of Sorrento after a delightful

to our boat and cruising to

the remains of the Roman

Explore the Amphitheatre

breakfast on board. Perched

Procida while enjoying our

Empire and take some

of Pozzuoli and Terme di

atop steep cliffs overlooking

dinner. (B,D)

stunning photographs of

Baia in Pozzuoli

the busy marinas, the city

DAY 1 NAPLES – MARINA DI STABIA After our transfer from Naples, we begin the tour in the Marina Di Stabia harbour near Sorrento where we board our boat – a traditional gulet boat crafted from mahogany and iroko. Boasting a generous sundeck, it’s time to enjoy welcome cocktails on the deck before we sit down in

the famous lighthouse.

is known for stunning sea

DAY 4 PROCIDA –

In the evening, we climb

views and numerous cafés

ISLAND OF ISCHIA

back aboard for a delightful

lining the streets. We return

In the morning we visit

dinner. (B,D)

to our boat mid-day where

the beautiful island of

we enjoy lunch and head

Ischia today to explore the

DAY 6 VENTOTENE –

off towards the harbour of

Aragonese Castle which

PONZA

Pozzuoli. We tuck into a

stands on a volcanic rocky

We cruise to the incredible

lovely dinner in the evening

islet that connects to the

Ponza this morning where

before turning in for the

larger island. Make the most

you will have the day to

night. (B,L,D)

of free time before we return

yourself to explore the

to the boat in the afternoon.

island as you wish. You can

DAY 3 POZZUOLI –

In the evening, we enjoy

stroll through the Giardino

PROCIDA

dinner on board before

Botanico Ponziano botanical

Today we take in all of the

turning in for the night. (B,D)

garden or just spend the

impressive sights Pozzuoli

day on one of the island’s

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On board

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Tour Leader/Driver Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 daily evening meals (D) Entrance included to: Cuma, Aragonese Castle, Amphitheater of Pozzuoli & Terme di Baia

Dining on deck

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

Local seafood

incredible beaches. In the

DAY 8 MARINA DI STABIA

evening, we return to the

– NAPLES

boat and enjoy a lovely

Enjoy your last breakfast

dinner aboard. (B,D)

aboard with your fellow

TOUR CODE: CSO

P R I C E S F R O M $ 6 , 1 9 9 PP

travellers before the tour

2018

DEPARTS

CABIN

DAY 7 PONZA – MARINA

comes to an end as we

MAY

21

$6,199

DI STABIA

transfer back to Naples.

JUN

04 18

$6,199

Di Stabia and revel in the

SEP

17

$6,199

incredible views along the

G = Guaranteed Departure

Today we sail back to Marina

way. Enjoy a light lunch

The gulet boat has 6 air-conditioned cabins all with en-

on board as you soak up

suite facilities. There is a spacious dining area to enjoy

the sun and watch the

your meals each day. The crew members will look after

Mediterranean scenery roll

you and the chef will prepare traditional meals using fresh

by. In the evening, we tuck into our final dinner together on board. (B,L,D)

ingredients. There is canoeing and fishing equipment to use, as well as a TV, DVD, CD and MP3 player and a choice of games for your entertainment.

ITALY

PONZA

1

POZZUOLI

VENTOTENE

1

ISLAND OF ISCHIA

1

1

NAPLES

1

PROCIDA

2

MARINA DI STABIA

SORRENTO

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

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Capri

Enchanting Southern Italy Naples | Capri | The Amalfi Coast 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

the labyrinthine streets of the

little-known treasure waiting

limoncello, lemon salad and

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

historic centre in search of the

to be discovered. We return

of course, lemon gelato. (B,D)

Cappella Sansevero, home to

to Tenuta Seliano to a kitchen

•• ••

the Veiled Christ – one of the

piled high with local produce,

DAY 4 MINORI – AMALFI –

Take part in a traditional

finest sculptures in the world.

such as mozzarella and ricotta,

POSITANO – MINORI

Campania cooking lesson

The afternoon transports us

fruits and vegetables, buffalo

After a hearty breakfast, our

on a working country

back in time with a visit to

meat and fresh pasta. It’s time

first stop to the Amalfi will

estate, using fresh farm

the archaeological wonder,

to learn the art of traditional

be nothing short of wow-

produce

Pompeii. We then travel

Campania cooking – our hard

inducing. After a short walking

Tour the age-old marble

to Paestum where we dine

work rewarded when we get

tour with ample time to take

temples in UNESCO

tonight. (D)

to eat what we’ve prepared

in the surrounding beauty, we

at lunch with the family. Our

venture onwards to the oh-so

World Heritage-listed

••

Paestum

DAY 2 PAESTUM – MINORI

hunger well satisfied, we

blissful town of Positano. To

Limoncello tasting in a

This morning we have an

continue on to Minori. (B,L)

continue the artisan theme

lemon grove near sleepy

appointment at Tenuta

Minori, a hidden treasure

Seliano – an authentic farm-

DAY 3 MINORI – RAVELLO

ceramic specialist, where we

of the Amalfi Coast

inn (or agriturismo) – where

– MINORI

are invited to join a ceramic

we visit the buffaloes and

Enjoy the morning to explore

colouring session. After a

watch owner Cecilia Bellelli

Minori on a guided walking

delightful and insightful day,

Baratta make light, fresh

tour, before we continue on

it's time to rest in Minori for

mozzarella. Our trip off the

to Ravello for a guided tour.

the night. (B)

tourist trail continues with

To refresh our palates, our

a visit to UNESCO World

next stop involves a citrus

DAY 5 MINORI – CAPRI –

heritage-listed Paestum.

twist with a visit to a lemon

MINORI

With crumbling marble

farmhouse. After learning

The high life beckons today

temples against a mountain

of the cultivation process,

as we sail to the island

backdrop, this village is a

dive into a tasting spread of

of Capri, off the Sorrento

DAY 1 NAPLES – POMPEII – PAESTUM Bright, buzzing and echoing with tales from millennia of history, Naples is your springboard for exploring Southern Italy. We start with our local guide leading us into

of the tour, we meet with a

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Pompeii

Vietri sul Mare hand-painted ceramics

Back to the kitchen with a Baronessa

Peninsula. Lapped by the

Today we add more pearls

the Royal Palace of Caserta,

inky blue waters of the

to our collection with visits

built in the 18th century and

Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri has

to Maiori and Cetara. After

the last great creation of

been a popular resort since

a morning of exploring, we

the Italian Baroque. From

the days of Ancient Rome.

drive to Vietri sul Mare. Here,

the royal to the rustic – our

Enjoy a ride on the charming

craftspeople create hand-

next stop is a farmhouse in

funicular railway from the

painted, vividly coloured

Sant’Agata dei Goti where

port, which whisks us through

ceramics. Back in Minori,

we taste Falanghina wines

bright, fragrant lemon

enjoy free time before we

produced from black grapes

groves. Then there’s time to

meet for our final dinner.

grown in the Campania

see and be seen among the

(B,D)

regions. Then there’s time for a last, leisurely Italian lunch

exclusive boutiques, cafés and restaurants of Capri

DAY 7 MINORI –

before we return to Naples,

town, before returning to

PALACE OF CASERTA

where our adventure ends.

Minori in late afternoon. (B)

– SANT’AGATA DEI GOTI

(B,L)

•• •• •• •• •• •• •••• •• •••• ••

We bid the Amalfi Coast a

VIETRI – CETARA – MINORI

fond farewell and drive to

SANT'AGATA DEI GOTI ITALY

NAPLES POMPEII POSITANO CAPRI

5

MINORI

Day Stop

Premium mini-coach transportation Ferry to the Island of Capri Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Local guides in Naples, Pompeii, Ravello and Paestum European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D) Italian cooking class Ceramic class and demonstration Mozzarella & olive oil tasting Limoncello tasting Wine tasting Entrance included to: Cappella Sansevero, Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone, Capri Funicular and Royal Palace of Caserta

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: RAM

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 8 9 9 PP 2018

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SGL

APR

22

29

$3,899

$4,459

MAY

13 G

27

$3,899

$4,459

JUN

03 G

10

$3,899

$4,459

AUG

26 G

30

$3,899

$4,459

SEP

02 16 G 27

09 G 23 30 G

$3,899

$4,459

OCT

07

$3,899

$4,459

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AMALFI

PAESTUM

Overnight Stop

accommodation

G = Guaranteed Departure

1

Tour Start Point

6 nights in boutique

Pompeii, Paestum, Villa

– NAPLES DAY 6 MINORI – MAIORI –

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Alberobello

Slow Food Tour of Puglia Alberobello | Lecce | Gallipoli 6

DAYS

5

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

it’s time to relax into our

that, we return to Martina

DAY 4 LECCE – OTRANTO

welcome dinner at a local

Franca to rest easy for the

– DEPRESSA – GALLIPOLI

pub. (L,D)

night. (B)

Emerald lake. Turquoise

Taste artisan cheeses

DAY 2 MARTINA FRANCA

DAY 3 MARTINA FRANCA

The pretty-as-a-postcard

at Caseificio Famiglia

– CASTELLANA CAVES

– OSTUNI – MASSERIA

harbour town of Otranto

Olanda

– ALBEROBELLO –

FERRI – LECCE

is where we swap town

Stop for lunch amid 18th

MARTINA FRANCA

With its jumble of icing-

and country for a seaside

century tenuta in a hilltop

Our culinary journey this

sugar buildings, pretty

sojourn. When we stop at

masseria

morning offers a short

Ostuni wholeheartedly lives

the beautiful bay of Porto

Step inside the cellar of

drive before we meet with

up to its nickname: the

Badisco, be sure to search

Castel di Salve to discover

a local olive grove and

White Village. And it’s here

for the freshly caught sea

wines crafted from Puglia’s

oil mill to uncover the

that we begin day three of

urchins – a not-to-be-

indigenous grapes

secrets of the process, of

our tour. This pretty hamlet

missed treat. We wash

course sampling the local

is huddled in quintessential

them down with a selection

fare. Next, in Alberobello

Puglia countryside, so it’s

of wines at Castel di Salve,

there’s the chance to

only right that lunch today

famous for its Santi Medici

marvel at the prehistoric

is in a rural masseria – a

Bianco, Santi Medici Rosé,

cone-topped trulli dotted

country estate. After lunch,

Armecolo, Cento Su Cento

across the landscape. After

we drive on to Lecce – our

Primitivo. Then it’s onwards

lunch, we head below

home for the night – where

to the historic fishing port

ground to the spellbinding

we’ll enjoy a walk with a

of Gallipoli where the sun

Castellana Caves. Look up

local guide and taste some

sets on day four of our trip.

to see stalactites and down

local products. (B,L)

(B)

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

seas. Pink-hued hills.

DAY 1 BARI – MATERA –

MARTINA FRANCA Our first stop entails a drive to Andria followed by our first taste of Puglia food culture: smooth burrata and silky mozzarella cheeses. After lunch, it’s on to Matera to enjoy a tour with a local guide. As dusk sets in,

to find fossils that are hidden throughout these fairy-tale grottos. After

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Sea urchins

Wine Tasting

Polignano A Mare

5 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Local guides in Matera and Lecce Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 evening meals (D) 2 wine tastings & 1 olive tasting Mozzarella & burrata tasting Entrance included to: Sassi di Matera, Castellana Caves and

DAY 5 GALLIPOLI –

and an area renowned

inside Santa Maria di

NARDÒ – MANDURIA -

for exquisite red wines,

Cerrate, we’ll discover

GALLIPOLI

and it’s only right that we

a monastery with roots

When in Gallipoli, we

pay a visit to Manduria’s

deep in Puglia’s rich

do as the fishermen do.

Museo della Civiltà del

food culture. Leaving the

That means an early start

Vino Primitivo for a guided

monastery behind, we

down at the fish markets

tasting – and pay homage

climb the coastal road up

TOUR CODE: PUG

where stalls are piled high

to the celebrated Primitivo

to Polignano a Mare – the

with a dazzling array of

grape. (B,D)

‘Pearl of the Adriatic’

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 6 9 9 PP

L’Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

and our final stop. And

seafood. Here, we’ll taste raw shrimp and shellfish,

DAY 6 GALLIPOLI –

with that, it’s time to say

straight off the boat. Then

POLIGNANO A MARE

goodbye to this exquisite

we woo ourselves away

– BARI

from the water with a trip

Within its peaceful

to the old town of Nardo.

honey-stone cloisters and

It’s a treasure trove of

Romanesque architecture

some of Puglia’s finest

are thousands of years

Baroque architecture

of history. When we step

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SGL

region, as we round up our

MAY

08

$3,699

$4,359

tour back in Bari. (B)

JUN

05 G 12 G 19

$3,699

$4,359

SEP

04 G 11

$3,699

$4,359

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2

MARTINA FRANCA

GALLIPOLI

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

1

LECCE

2

Day Stop

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Lucca

Tuscan Treats Lucca | Volterra | Pienza | Tuscany 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

layer of fascinating history

DAY 3 LUCCA – PISA –

you have San Gimignano

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

and fine architecture as we

VOLTERRA

where we make time to visit

go beyond its city walls.

Infamous and impossible to

Gelateria Dondoli, home

•• •• ••

Tonight, we come together

miss, Pisa’s Leaning Tower

to a master gelato maker

Take in UNESCO World

for the first of our delicious

is a staggering sight – and

and carry on to Fattoria San

Heritage sites – from the

dinners at a local osteria. (D)

our first point of call today.

Donato for an indulgent

Afterwards, we travel on

wine tasting, complete with

Cinque Terre to Siena Unlock the secrets of

DAY 2 LUCCA – CINQUE

to Volterra where you have

bruschetta and local meats.

Tuscan cuisine with wine

TERRE – LUCCA

the chance to explore the

After taking in the city’s

tastings and an exclusive

Rocky coastline. Romantic,

town at your own leisure.

head-turning historic centre,

cookery class

sugared almond-coloured

Perched on a plateau, this

we continue to Pienza with a

Stay in a country house in

villages. It’s time to take

magnificent and mysterious

stop via Siena. Tonight, the

the Tuscan Hills

the road less travelled

medieval walled town is our

evening is all yours. (B)

along the more remote

home for the night – but

parts of the Italian Riviera’s

before bed beckons, there’s

DAY 5 PIENZA – TUSCANY

DAY 1 FLORENCE – LUCCA

sublime shoreline. Our

plenty of time for you to

Its timeless charm and

Your introduction to Italy

route brings us to the

discover its charismatic

enchanting rural backdrop

involves an in-depth guided

Cinque Terre, a UNESCO

character. (B)

make Pienza a serene spot

walking tour of Florence.

World Heritage Site and a

But, before we get too

tour highlight. We explore

DAY 4 VOLTERRA – SAN

on foot with your Tour

comfortable in Florence,

villages dotted along this

Leader, before we continue

it’s off to leafy Lucca –

GIMIGNANO – SIENA –

secluded stretch and marvel

PIENZA

our journey to sample

where cobbled streets and

at the breathtaking scenery

A magnificent piazza.

handcrafted pecorino

red-roofed buildings make

surrounding us. After time

Meandering stepped

cheese and world-class wine.

up the first stop on our

spent discovering this

streets. Throw in beautifully

Driving onwards through the

journey. When we reach

beautiful area, we return to

preserved architecture and

Chianti countryside, another

Lucca, unwrap layer upon

Lucca in time for dinner. (B)

a sensational location, and

gem awaits – a Tuscan

to spend this morning

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•• •• •••• •• •••• •••• ••

Cooking Class

Cinque Terre

San-Gimignano

country house that we’ll

DAY 7 TUSCANY –

call home for the next two

FLORENCE

nights. (B,D)

While we have to say morning and we reach the final day of our trip, there’s

invitation to the kitchen

one more treat in store: a

awaits, where we roll up our

stop-off at an oil mill for a

sleeves and don aprons. The

guided tour, olive oil tasting

villa’s chef treats us to an

and light lunch. All in all,

exclusive lesson in making

it’s a fitting end to our tour

Tuscan delicacies, sharing all

that has celebrated the

the secrets, and then we sit

natural beauty and culinary

down to savour the fruits of

traditions of Tuscany, and

our labours for lunch. (B,L,D)

that ends back in romantic Florence. (B,L)

ITALY

2

FLORENCE

1

2 1

TUSCANY

PIENZA

PETERSBURG

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Local guide in Florence Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D) Wine tastings Tuscan cooking class Olive oil tasting Pecorino cheese & wine tasting Entrance included to: Cinque Terre Card,

TOUR CODE: TT

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 9 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

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FEB

23

$2,999

$3,499

MAR

16

$3,099

$3,599

APR

13 G 27 G

20 G

$3,099

$3,599

MAY

09 G 23 G 30

16 G 25

$3,099

$3,599

JUN

01 G 15 G

08 G 22

$3,099

$3,599

JUL

06 20 G

13

$3,099

$3,599

AUG

03 G 17 G 31

10 24

$3,099

$3,599

SEP

05 G 10 14 G 28 G

07 G 12 19

$3,099

$3,599

OCT

05 G

10 G

$3,099

$3,599

CINQUE TERRE

VOLTERRA

Driver & Tour Leader

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Rise and shine as your

SIENA

Experienced Back-Roads

Pisa, Cathedral of Siena

DAY 6 TUSCANY

PISA

accommodation

Baptistery of St John in

goodbye to our villa this

LUCCA

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Interlaken

Lakes & Mountains of Italy & Switzerland Venice | Sirmione | Franciacorta | Celerina | Wengen 8

DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

souvenir, we travel onwards

DAY 3 SIRMIONE –

includes a visit to a local

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

to Sirmione where we

BRESCIA – SULZANO –

farmhouse and wine cellar

spend the night and meet

ISEO – FRANCIACORTA

visit, before we launch into

•• ••

for dinner together. (D)

Our first stop today

an authentic cooking class

welcomes us to Brescia

to learn the traditions of

••

Learn the traditions of Italian regional cuisine

DAY 2 SIRMIONE –

for a guided tour of this

regional cuisine. With our

with a cooking class

BORGHETTO – SIRMIONE

magnificent city – home

appetites satisfied, we

Experience two of the

This morning we rise

to various UNESCO World

continue to the Mosnel Villa

great alpine railway

early for a guided tour of

Heritage Sites. Our road

for today’s final round of

journeys: The Bernina

Sirmione before continuing

then carries us to the Port

wine tasting. (B,L)

Express and the Glacier

onwards to a local

of Sulzano for a private

Express

farmhouse for an authentic

boat tour including a

DAY 5 FRANCIACORTA –

Participate in a traditional

lunch filled with a variety

stop at the picturesque

TIRANO – CELERINA

mask decorating class in

of cheeses, artisan bread

fishing village of Peschiera

Our path turns away from

Venice

and local vegetables.

Maraglio on Monte Isola.

Franciacorta and onwards

After lunch, we reach

Continuing through Iseo,

to Tirano – where a

the breathtaking town of

we move onwards to

highlight of our trip awaits.

Borghetto for a walking

Franciacorta where we

It’s here that we board the

tour with your Tour Leader.

spend the night and share

Bernina Express to embark

After an eventful few hours,

an evening meal together.

on one of the world’s

we return to Sirmione to

(B,D)

iconic railway journeys. Our

DAY 1 VENICE – SIRMIONE The gateway to our adventure, we will become acquainted with Venice’s maze-like backstreets on a guided walking tour before we launch into a ‘hands on’ traditional mask making experience. After ample time to craft your own

train climbs steadily into

enjoy a free night at your own pace. (B,L)

DAY 4 FRANCIACORTA

the mountains, passing

Rolling hills, charming

through tunnels where

vineyards and medieval

views of soaring peaks

villages are on the cards

and awe-inspiring glaciers

for today. Our first stop

await on the other side.

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•• •• •• •• •• ••

Train from Tirano

Cooking class

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Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation The Bernina Express & the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 evening meals (D) Local guides in Venice, Borghetto, Sirmione, Franciacorta, Brescia

Lucerne

Our final stop is Celerina,

DAY 7 WENGEN –

craftsmen at work, and

where we’re welcomed to

INTERLAKEN – WENGEN

pay a visit to the museum

Switzerland with a warming

After breakfast, we

and exhibitions to marvel

group dinner. (B,D)

embark on a journey to

at the incredible artistry.

a weaving workshop and

Next, we visit Lucerne,

DAY 6 CELERINA –

travel to Interlaken on a

whose medieval old town

ANDERMATT – WENGEN

paddlesteamer cruise.

and lakeside setting

After feasting on a hearty

Later, we return for our final

enchanted everyone from

breakfast with a Swiss twist,

dinner together. (B,D)

Goethe to Queen Victoria and a chance to satisfy

it’s all aboard the train to Andermatt from St Moritz

DAY 8 WENGEN –

your sweet tooth with a

for the Glacier Express

HERGISWIL – LUCERNE

chocolate tasting at Max

train – an experience unlike

– ZURICH

Chocolatier. Finally, we

anywhere else in the world.

On our last day together,

reach Zurich, where we say

(B)

from Wengen we pay a

goodbye amid the elegant

visit to Glasi Hergiswil –

buildings, grand squares

the only glass works in

and artisan houses of this

Switzerland. Watch the

heart-stealing city. (B)

•• •• •• •• •• •• ••

& Iseo 2 wine tastings, 1 cheese tasting Participate in a traditional mask decorating class in Venice Chocolate tasting in Switzerland Traditional cooking class in Italy Paddle steamer cruise on Lake Brienz Guided boat tour through Sirmione & Lake Iseo Entrance included to: Ballenberg Open-Air Museum, Loggia San Marco & Glasi Hergiswill

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: TUZ

P R I C E S F R O M $ 6 , 1 9 9 PP

ZURICH

SWITZERLAND LUCERNE WENGEN

2

ANDERMATT

1

CELERINA TIRANO

2

2

ITALY

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

FRANCIACORTA VENICE

SIRMIONE

Day Stop

By train

This tour can be combined with Italian Indulgence page 84.

2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

MAY

15 29

$6,199

$7,299

JUN

19 G 26 G

$6,199

$7,299

AUG

07

$6,199

$7,299

SEP

04 11 G

$6,199

$7,299

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Florence

Italian Indulgence Tuscany | Florence | The Lakes 12

DAYS

11

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

fabulous architecture. After THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 5 LUCCA – PISA –

DAY 7 SANTA

exploring the old centre,

LUCCA

MARGHERITA LIGURE

we venture to our villa in

We come up close and

– BAROLO – ASTI –

•• •• ••

the world-renowned Chianti

personal to an Italian icon

CHERASCO

region. (B,D).

today, with a visit to the

Our compass points north

Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan Villa

famous Leaning Tower of

and we travel inland to

Hunt for truffles in

DAY 3 TUSCANY

Pisa. Afternoon sees us back

Piedmont, a region of rich

Piedmont

Our host lets us in on a few

in Lucca, where you have the

red wines and luxurious

Enjoy an afternoon of

secrets of Italian cooking

rest of the day and night to

cuisine. Our first stop is

wine tasting in Tirano

today, as we prepare

explore at your own pace. (B)

Grinzane Cavour Castle, before driving near the

ourselves a classic rustic DAY 1 ROME – ASSISI – PERUGIA

Tuscan lunch. Later, the

DAY 6 LUCCA – CAMOGLI

village of Barolo. A treat is in

afternoon is free to relax.

– SAN FRUTTUOSO –

store for the sweet-toothed

(B,L,D)

PORTOFINO – SANTA

among us at a distillery near

MARGHERITA LIGURE

Asti, where we sip regional

They say all roads lead to Rome, but after we meet,

DAY 4 TUSCANY –

It’s time to experience the

liquors, complemented by

our route whisks us away

FLORENCE – LUCCA

glitz and glamour of the

hand-made nougat. Finally,

to awe-inspiring Assisi, the

We turn our attention to

Italian Riviera. Have your

we will end our busy day

birthplace of St Francis.

Florence – birthplace of the

camera ready as we tick

with a sumptuous slow-food

Tonight, we come together

Renaissance and home to

off Camogli, San Fruttuoso

dinner in Cherasco. (B,D)

for a delicious dinner in

the world’s most treasured

and the glittering village of

Perugia. (D)

masterpieces. A local guide

Portofino, before settling

DAY 8 CHERASCO – LAKE

brings the city alive as we

in Santa Margherita Ligure.

ORTA – LAKE MAGGIORE

stroll through the streets on

Enjoy an evening at your own

This morning we join a truffle

TUSCANY

a walking tour. As afternoon

pace – strolling along the

hunt with a local farmer,

Introducing Siena: a gorgeous

melts into dusk, we continue

beachfront, lined with pastel-

and then it’s time to head

Gothic city bursting with

on to Lucca. (B)

painted houses. (B)

for the hills, pristine lakes

DAY 2 PERUGIA – SIENA –

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•• •• •••• •• •• •••• ••••

Lake Molveno

Portofino

Local market, Florence

and soaring mountains of

DAY 10 LAKE MAGGIORE –

of the Brenta Dolomites.

northern Italy. Lake Maggiore

LECCO – TIRANO

We continue to Trento for a

marks the magnificent final

Bidding farewell to Lake

walking tour and meet in the

stop of the day’s journey. (B)

Maggiore, we discover

evening for a farewell dinner.

the sights of Lecco before

(B,D)

DAY 9 LAKE MAGGIORE

we reach Tirano for a wine

Leaving dry land behind us

tasting session. After an

DAY 12 TRENTO –

for the day, we set sail for

indulgent afternoon, we

VERONA – VENICE

the Borromean Islands. We

return to our hotel and

Fair Verona beckons today,

wander the terraces of the

meet for dinner at a local

with its impressive Roman

ornate Baroque Garden on

restaurant to continue the

ruins and romantic hotspots.

Isola Bella and discover the

culinary adventure. (B,D)

Then it’s onwards to the show-stopping finale: the

pretty harbour of Isola dei Pescatori. The rest of the day

DAY 11 TIRANO – LAKE

floating city of Venice where

is free for you to relax. (B)

MOLVENO – TRENTO

we bid farewell. (B)

This morning we turn our

TIRANO LAKE MAGGIORE CHERASCO

1

SANTA MARGHERITA

2

1

LECCO ITALY

1 LUCCA

1

TRENTO

PORTOFINO

2

2

1

PERUGIA

ROME

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

The Lakes & Mountains of Italy and Switzerland page 82.

Local guide in Florence Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 evening meals (D) Tuscan cooking class and lunch Truffle hunt in Piedmont 1 wine tasting 1 liquor tasting Entrance included to: San Fruttuoso Abbey,

Castle. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: ITA

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 7 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

FEB

27

$5,799

$6,899

MAR

20

$5,799

$6,899

APR

05 19 G 24 G

12 G 23 26 G

$5,849

$6,999

MAY

01 06 10 15 20 24 29

G G G G G G G

03 08 13 17 22 27

$5,999

$7,199

JUN

01 10 17 28

G G G G

06 G 14 24 G

$5,999

$7,199

JUL

01 G 08 19 G 26 G

05 G 15 G 22 G

$5,999

$7,199

AUG

02 G 12 30 G

09 G 23

$5,999

$7,199

SEP

02 06 11 16 20 25

$5,999

$7,199

G

04 G 09 13 18 G 23 27 G

OCT

01 G 11

07 G 18

$5,849

$6,999

Day Stop

This tour can be combined with Iberian Inspiration page 68 and/or

Driver & Tour Leader

Pisa and Grinzane Cavour

FLORENCE TUSCANY

Experienced Back-Roads

Baptistery of St John in

VENICE

VERONA

accommodation

Isola Madre & Isola Bella,

attention to the majestic Lake Molveno at the foot

11 nights in boutique

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INCLUSIONS

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Taormina

The Splendours of Sicily Palermo | Ragusa | Syracuse | Taormina 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

that will astound. Next, we

DAY 3 MARSALA –

Muxaro. Sample your

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

visit Corleone to learn more

AGRIGENTO

way through the morning

about the area and later,

After breakfast, we leave

with cheese, olive bread,

••

we enjoy a welcome dinner

Marsala and carry onwards

peppers and a local treat –

together. (D)

to our next destination.

the sweet honey cake. To

•• ••

Experience a local cheese tasting in Sant’Angelo

Making a stop at the

end the day, we meet for

Muraxo with panoramic

DAY 2 PALERMO – ERICE –

Kolymbetra Garden, we

another satisfying dinner in

views

TRAPANI – MARSALA

will wander through the

Agrigento. (B,D)

Hear about the rise of the

This morning, we bid farewell

ruins of the Valley of

mafia in Corleone, the

to Palermo and set our eyes

Temples and find peace in

DAY 5 AGRIGENTO

town made famous from

onwards to the medieval

the tranquil surrounds of

– PIAZZA ARMERINA –

The Godfather film

town of Erice. When you’re

the lush plantlife. After an

MODICA – RAGUSA

Climb the iconic Mount

not marvelling at the

enlightening day, we make

Our first stop is Piazza

Etna by coach

impressive views of the valley

our way back to the hotel

Armerina, where we visit the

and ocean (if the weather

to savour a delicious dinner

one-of-a-kind Villa Romana

is clear), hunt down Sicily's

together with the company

del Casale, containing one

most famous almond cake

of your fellow travellers in

of the largest collections

shop, which calls Erice home.

Agrigento. (B,D)

of Roman mosaics in the

DAY 1 PALERMO – CORLEONE – PALERMO We meet in Sicily’s capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its warren of streets with a local guide.This morning is dedicated to the Norman Palace, a wonder of Palermo and the Palatine Chapel – with walls coated in glimmering paintings

world. Next, we follow in

Next up is Trapani, where we meet with a family member

DAY 4 AGRIGENTO –

the footsteps of Inspector

and owner of the ‘Museo del

SANT’ANGELO MUXARO

Montalbano in Sicily one

Sale’, or ‘Salt Flat Museum’

– AGRIGENTO

of the filming locations for

to discover the history and

We have one thing in mind

the cult detective series in

traditions of salt production.

today: delicious food.

Modica. Our trail takes us

After, it’s time for a local wine

Start the day with a food

onwards to Ragusa with the

tasting before resting our

tasting tour with a local

rest of the day to wander

heads in Marsala. (B,D)

guide through Sant’Angelo

the town at your own pace.

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•• •• •• •• •• ••••

Mount Etna

Ancient theatre of Taormina

6 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads

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INCLUSIONS

Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 5 evening meals (D) Local guides in Palermo, Corleone, Syracuse & Taormina Cheese tasting Entrance included to: Norman Palace, Palatine Chapel,

Palazzo dei Normanni Royal Palace in Palermo

Valley of the Temples, Kolymbetra Garden, Villa

You could seek out a local

piazzas, bustling markets

13th century Cathedral of

trattoria to try some Sicilian

and beautiful sea views.

San Nicola and the splendid

specialities. (B)

Later we turn to Catania

Greek Theatre. (B)

Salt Museum and Villa Romana del Casale. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

and share a farewell dinner. DAY 6 RAGUSA – NOTO –

Spaccaforno, Trapani

(B,D)

SYRACUSE – CATANIA Seaside Syracuse, which

DAY 7 CATANIA – MOUNT

rivalled Athens as the most

ETNA – TAORMINA –

important city of ancient

CATANIA

Greece, is our stomping

Now it’s time to take an up

ground today. Our local

close look at Mount Etna,

2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

guide leads us to the

a slumbering giant that

FEB

10

$3,699

$4,489

temples and sacred caves

towers over the surrounding

MAR

03 G

$3,699

$4,489

of the archaeological park.

landscape. After a lava-

APR

$3,699

$4,489

fuelled morning, we stop

14 28 G

18

The best way to enjoy it is to happily get lost in

at Taormina and enjoy a

MAY

19 30

$4,489

guided tour of some of the

12 G 26 G

$3,699

its winding streets, which open out on baroque

city’s greats including the

JUN

02 G 16

09 G 23

$3,699

$4,489

SEP

01 G 15 G 29 G

08 G 19

$3,699

$4,489

OCT

06

$3,699

$4,489

TRAPANI MARSALA

TOUR CODE: SIC

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 6 9 9 PP

PALERMO

1

1

G = Guaranteed Departure

CORLEONE SANT'ANGELO MUXARO AGRIGENTO

2

MOUNT ETNA

PIAZZA ARMERINA SICILY

RAGUSA

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

1

TAORMINA

1

CATANIA

SIRACUSA NOTO

Day Stop

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Valletta N E W

T O U R

Malta Highlights Valletta | Vittoriosa | Mdina | Gozo 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

rooms, you won’t be short

and treasure trove for

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 4 ST JULIAN’S –

of entertainment today. For

photographers. (B)

QRENDI – CIRKEWWA –

•• ••

sleeves for a pizza making

DAY 3 ST JULIAN’S –

The road today carries us

Try your hand at making

class on the waterfront

MOSTA – RABAT – MDINA

to the Hagar Qim temples,

your own pizza at a

before sitting down to

– ST JULIAN’S

from where we have a short

traditional pizzeria in

enjoy your creation. In the

We begin with a visit to

walk to Tal-Hamrija Tower.

Valletta

evening, we return to the

the stunning Mosta Church

We drive through the village

Embark on a 90-minute

hotel where the evening is

before continuing to the

of Birzebbuga towards the

harbour cruise around

yours to explore. (L,D)

Dingli Cliffs for a short

Blue Grotto where we have

two of the most beautiful

••

XAGHRA

lunch, it’s time to roll up your

photo stop before visiting

an included short boat

harbours in Europe

DAY 2 ST JULIAN’S –

the Buskett Gardens. Next,

trip. We then travel to the

Savour local cheese and

VITTORIOSA – SENGLEA –

we have a guided tour

ferry point at Cirkewwa via

wine at a local estate

SLIEMA – ST JULIAN’S

through the old capital

a photo stop at Popeye’s

Shifting our focus back in

Mdina, also known as the

Village before a short

time, we look towards the

silent city. On the menu for

speedboat transfer to Gozo

DAY 1 ST JULIAN’S –

iconic cities of Vittoriosa

this afternoon: an indulgent

and a chance to explore the

VALLETTA – ST JULIAN’S

and Senglea. With time

wine tasting accompanied

unique caves. We proceed

A guided tour through

to visit the Gardjola

by local cheese and biscuits

to the "Dreams of Horses

Malta’s bustling capital

Gardens and a stop at

at the Meridiana Wine

Farm" where we have the

will help you to find your

the quaint fishing village

Estate. Tonight's dinner is

opportunity to interact with

bearings and get acquainted

of Marsaxlokk, today will

a group affair, as we gather

these beautiful animals. (B)

with this picturesque city.

be full of visual rewards.

for a traditional folklore

With a visit to the Upper

After an eventful morning,

show at a local restaurant.

DAY 5 XAGHRA – GHARB –

Barracca Gardens, St.

we take time to relax on

(B,D)

VICTORIA – XAGHRA

John’s Co-Cathedral and

a harbour cruise around

We visit the Megalithic

Grandmaster’s Palace state

the natural ports – a haven

Temples of Ggantija

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Pizza

Marsaxlokk

Fresh squid, Marsaxlokk market

6 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads

ITALY & MALTA

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INCLUSIONS

Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D) Visit to Inquisitor’s Palace and the Senglea Gardens 90-minute harbour cruise Wine and cheese tasting Blue Grotto boat trip Entrance fees to: St John's Co-Cathedral, Grandmaster's Palace,

followed by Ta' Pinu Church

disappoint. First, we take a

and the Old Citadelle in

stroll to Fungus Rock and

Victoria. Next, we have a

continue on to the Saltpans

local treat this afternoon

of Xwejni Bay. We then try

when we visit the Ta’

out local ftiras at the famous

Rikkardu Farm for a hands

Mekren Bakery while looking

on experience making

over Ramla Bay. Our last

cheese before driving back

night together includes

to our hotel via a photo stop

dinner at a local restaurant.

at Sannat. (B)

(B,L,D)

DAY 6 XAGHRA –

DAY 7 XAGHRA –

SAN LAWRENCE –

ST JULIAN’S

MARSALFORN – XAGHRA

After one last breakfast

As we near the end of

together, we catch a ferry

our journey, we still have

back to Malta and transfer

a handful of sights to be

back to the hotel where we

explored and today will not

end the tour. (B)

GOZO

Mosta Dome, Temples Haqar Qim, Dreams of Horses Farm visit, Megalithic Temples & Old Citadelle in Victoria For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: MAL

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 8 9 9 PP

CIRKEWWA

MOSTA

RABAT DINGLI CLIFFS

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

TWN /DBL

SGL

MAY

07 28 G

$3,899

$4,499

JUN

04 18

$3,899

$4,499

SEP

10 17 24 G

$3,899

$4,499

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XAGHRA

Tour Start Point

DEPARTS

G = Guaranteed Departure

VICTORIA

3

2018

3

ST JULIAN’S

MDINA

VALLETTA VITTORIOSA

MALTA QRENDI

MARSAXLOKK

By ferry

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It’s no surprise that France is on the top of every traveller's wish list. Lavender-carpeted fields and hilltop monasteries are married with historic castles and sweeping vineyards, while the country’s capital sparkles under the light of a certain famous tower. Flit between cobblestoned streets and chic cafés, cruise along the country’s scenic canals, explore memorable World War II sites and discover stunning Mediterranean vistas while sampling homegrown delicacies and crisp, iconic wines. This is life, the ‘French’ way – and it’s time to indulge.

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Champagne

Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains Champagne | Burgundy | The Alps | Provence 9

DAYS

8

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

makes a magnificent opening

DAY 3 AY – TONNERRE –

that accompanies authentic,

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

act for our adventure. Next

CHABLIS – FLAVIGNY SUR

hearty dishes. (B,D)

comes a visit to Reims and a

OZERAIN – BEAUNE

••

visit to the cathedral, where

Now to swap fizz for the dry

DAY 5 LYON

Taste your way through

treasured reminders of its

white wines of Chablis. We

Today, you’re free to explore

famed wine-growing

medieval heritages stand

continue on to Flavigny-sur-

Lyon at your own pace.

regions such as

beside elegant buildings. (D)

Ozerain nestled securely

Saunter along the riverside

on a hilltop overlooking

or simply take a seat in one

Champagne, Chablis and

•• ••

Burgundy

DAY 2 AY – CHAMPAGNE –

the surrounding valleys.

of the many restaurants to

Soak up the peace of

HAUTVILLERS – AY

Afternoon brings us to

discover why Lyon claims the

Grande Chartreuse

Today is devoted to

Beaune, where you have the

title of ‘gourmet capital of

Monastery, set in a remote

discovering Champagne and

evening free to explore this

France’. (B)

valley of the French Alps

its liquid riches. Epernay is

attractive city known for its

– and sip the monks’

arguably its epicentre, so

gothic grandeur. (B)

famous green liquor

we pause here to stroll up

Explore grand Château

Avenue de Champagne,

DAY 4 BEAUNE – LYON

stop past the Palais Ideal

de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the

lined with many famous

Walled Beaune, the beating

Du Facteur Cheval and the

inspiration for the Palace

merchants houses and

heart of the Burgundy

Resistance Memorial at

of Versailles

cellars. After, we take time

wine region and visit the

Vaisseaux before reaching

to visit the tasting cellar

Hospices of Beaune. Before

our destination of Chambéry

at Caveau de Jaillance.

we continue to Lyon, we

tonight deep in the junction

Our road back to Ay takes

stop via Château de Julienas

of two Alpine valleys. (B,D)

us through the beautiful

and later a warm welcome

Montagne de Reims area,

comes courtesy of a meal in a

DAY 7 CHAMBÉRY – SAINT

known for its Pinot Noir. (B)

traditional Bouchon Lyonnais

PIERRE DE CHARTREUSE –

– a type of bistro known for a

CHAMBÉRY

convivial, relaxed atmosphere

Deep in a green valley

DAY 1 PARIS – CHÂTEAU DE VAUX-LE-VICOMTE – REIMS – AY From Paris, we travel to our first stop – the lavish Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte which

DAY 6 LYON – CHAMBÉRY Leaving Lyon behind us, we

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INCLUSIONS

8 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 1 picnic lunch (L), 4 evening meals (D) 3 wine tastings Entrance included to: Château de Vauxle-Vicomte, Reims Cathedral, Hospices of

Vaux-le-Vicomte

Beaune, Musée de la

Dijon

Grande Chartreuse and Citadel of Sisteron, tomb

between towering peaks,

slopes giving way to rugged

DAY 9 FORCALQUIER –

we find Grande Chartreuse

hills and wildflower meadows

ENTREVAUX – NICE

Monastery. Stroll to the

as we travel to Sisteron,

Our closing day takes

monastery and enjoy a picnic

stopping for a wine tasting

us deeper into exquisite

lunch amidst the stunning

and the Sisteron Citadel.

Provençal countryside

scenery before driving on

Finally, we reach Forcalquier,

Entrevaux, a medieval

to the monks’ distillery in

where we settle in for a

town set between rolling

Voiron. Here, they make the

farewell dinner and final

green countryside and a

famous Chartreuse liqueur

overnight stay at a charming

deep blue sky. Nice, elite

– a recipe dating back to

18th century farmhouse.

resort and shining capital

the 18th century and we’re

(B,D)

of the French Riviera, soon

treated to a taste before

beckons. It’s here that

returning to Chambéry. (B)

our tour ends, among the golden beaches and clear

DAY 8 CHAMBÉRY –

waters of the Côte d’Azur.

SISTERON – FORCALQUIER

(B)

of Dom Perignon, visit to Resistance Museum and Château de Julienas For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: CBA

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 6 2 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

MAY

17 31 G

$4,629

$5,799

JUN

14 21

$4,629

$5,799

JUL

05 G 12

$4,629

$5,799

AUG

23 30 G

$4,629

$5,799

SEP

06 G 20 G

$4,629

$5,799

OCT

04

$4,629

$5,799

Our road turns towards Provence today, with Alpine

2

PARIS

AY

G = Guaranteed Departure

CHABLIS FLAVIGNY SUR OZERAIN

FRANCE BEAUNE

LYON

1 1 2

2

SISTERTON FORCALQUIER

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

1

CHAMBÉRY

ENTREVAUX NICE

Day Stop

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Château de Villandry

La Belle France Normandy | Brittany | The Loire Valley 9

DAYS

8

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

image with us all the way

DAY 3 TROUVILLE –

tidal causeway to wander

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

to Trouville. With a harbour

NORMANDY BEACHES –

the buzzing island village.

lined with a parade of tall,

CREPON

To top off a charm-filled day,

•• •• ••

brightly painted merchant’s

We turn our attentions to

we spend this evening in

Walk down the medieval

houses, it’s one of the most

the windswept shoreline

Dinan. (B)

Rue du Jerzual in Dinan

beautifully preserved old

of the Normandy Beaches,

Visit Beuvron-en-Auge,

ports in Normandy – and

where we stand at the sites

DAY 5 DINAN

voted one of the most

our home for the next two

of the D-Day Landings of

With a whole day to yourself

beautiful villages in the

nights. (D)

1944. Afterwards, there’s

in Dinan, you can really get

the opportunity to pay

under the skin of this Gallic gem. (B)

country Sleep in the storybook

DAY 2 TROUVILLE –

a poignant visit to the

surrounds of a grand

NORMANDY – TROUVILLE

American War Cemetery at

French château

On the menu today is a

Colleville-sur-Mer. When bed

DAY 6 DINAN – ANGERS –

journey on the road less

beckons, we find ourselves

CHINON

travelled to Livarot where

in a countryside hotel not far

We’re deep into fairytale

we have free time to relax.

from the coast. (B,D)

territory when we travel

DAY 1 PARIS – TROUVILLE Our first impressions of France are formed in Giverny, Normandy at the home of one of the world’s most celebrated artists – Claude Monet. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with every shade of flower. We carry that

towards the Loire Valley, a

We will track the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-

DAY 4 CREPON – BAYEUX

landscape whose skyline is

en-Auge, voted one of the

– MONT ST MICHEL –

peppered with the turrets

most beautiful villages in all

DINAN

of castles. Our first port

of France. From cool, crisp

Time to unfold another

of call is Angers, once the

ciders to heady, amber-hued

layer of Normandy history

medieval stronghold of

calvados, it’s here that we

this morning with a trip to

the Plantagenet kings and

pause to taste the fruits of

see the remarkable Bayeux

later, we move on to Chinon

the region’s orchards – a

Tapestry. That afternoon,

where dinner at a local

delicious end to our day. (B)

we drive on to enchanting

restaurant awaits. (B,D)

Mont St Michel, crossing the

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Mont St Michel

Chinon

FRANCE

INCLUSIONS

8 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 3 evening meals (D) Cider and calvados sampling A garden tour of Château de la Bourdaisière Entrance included to: Monet’s House and Garden at Giverny, Château d’Angers, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont

DAY 7 CHINON –

stroll through manicured

believed to be one of the

CHÂTEAU DE VILLANDRY

gardens and explore the

finest examples of Gothic

– CHINON

fascinating museum. While

architecture in France and a

Our first château of the tour

at our own château, deep in

beautiful image to take back

is the last of Loire’s greats:

the heart of the Loire Valley,

to Paris where we say “au

Château de Villandry. Taking

we turn into lords and ladies

revoir”. (B)

in so much beauty is thirsty

of the manor with a night

work, so on our way back to

spent in stately surrounds

Chinon we enjoy a detour at

– but not before a guided

TOUR CODE: FRA

a regional winery and linger

tour of the gardens and an

over a glass or two. (B)

indulgent farewell dinner.

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 3 9 9 PP

St Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chartres and Château de Chenonceau. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

(B,D) DAY 8 CHINON – CHÂTEAU DE

DAY 9 MONTLOUIS-SUR-

CHENONCEAU –

LOIRE – CHARTRES – PARIS

MONTLOUIS-SUR-LOIRE

A fitting finale to our tour

Château de Chenonceau

is a visit to the celebrated

gives us the opportunity to

cathedral of Chartres,

NORMANDY BEACHES BAYEUX

CREPON

1

2

PARIS

SGL

APR

10

17

$4,399

$4,899

MAY

08 22 G

15

$4,399

$4,899

JUN

05 19 G

12 G 26

$4,399

$4,899

JUL

03 17 31

10 24

$4,399

$4,899

AUG

07 G 21 G

14 G 28

$4,399

$4,899

SEP

04 18 28

11 25 G

$4,399

$4,899

OCT

02 16

09

$4,399

$4,899

2 FRANCE CHARTRES

ANGERS

1 CHINON

Overnight Stop

2

G = Guaranteed Departure

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CHÂTEAU DE VILLANDRY

Tour Start Point

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

TROUVILLE

MONT ST MICHEL DINAN

2018

MONTLOUIS-SUR-LOIRE

Day Stop

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Vineyard, Bordeaux

A Taste of Bordeaux Midi-Pyrénées | Sarlat | Saint-Émilion 9

DAYS

8

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

highest sand dune – we

our camera lenses on this

sparkling Blanquette. Fully

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

get our first taste of coastal

town’s postcard-worthy good

refreshed, our final stop of

cuisine with fresh oysters

looks. We travel onwards

the day is Carcassonne. (B,D)

•• ••

and a glass of local wine

through the peaceful Midi-

Taste fresh oysters, local

from one of the port’s

Pyrénées region, pausing en

DAY 5 CARCASSONNE

sparkling wine and world-

traditional cabins. To round

route at the spiritual town

Today is free to discover

famous Bordeaux reds

off our first day, we gather

of Lourdes that’s been a

Carcassonne chivalric secrets

Sleep beneath turrets and

together in Biarritz for a

pilgrimage point for many

at your own pace. (B)

towers with two nights in

welcome dinner. (D)

years. In keeping with the

the romantic walled city of

••

spirit of our surroundings,

DAY 6 CARCASSONNE –

Carcassonne

DAY 2 BIARRITZ –

we settle down for the night

ALBI – SARLAT

Join the hunt for black

BAYONNE – BIARRITZ

into comfortably rustic

A small town that’s big

truffles at a traditional

Time now to indulge our

accommodation before

on charm, historic Albi is

truffle farm

cultural sides in Bayonne, just

tucking into dinner. (B,D)

this morning’s first stop with an included visit to

a short drive from Biarritz – a DAY 1 BORDEAUX – ARCACHON BAY – BIARRITZ In a region of outstanding natural beauty, where better to begin our sojourn through South West France than in Atlantic Oceanfringed Arcachon Bay? After stopping to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe’s

true cultural art and history

DAY 4 MIDI-PYRÉNÉES

the cathedral and town

hub. This charming fortified

– CATHARE COUNTRY –

museum. By the time we

city is brimming with heritage

CARCASSONNE

get to Sarlat and check in to

sites for you to peruse at

On the trail of knights, we

our hotel for the night, we’ll

your own pace before we

continue our own crusade

have entered the Dordogne

return to Biarritz together. (B)

through the Midi-Pyrénées

region. (B)

and its picture-perfect DAY 3 BIARRITZ

Bastides. Onwards through

DAY 7 SARLAT – BEYNAC-

– LOURDES – MIDI-

Cathar country, we reach a

ET-CAZENAC – SARLAT

PYRÉNÉES

sociable hour for a glass of

The itinerary today includes a

We turn to the east and

wine with a local producer

stroll through stunning Sarlat

briefly on to Pau, focussing

of this region’s speciality – a

and a delightful visit to the

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8 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D) 2 wine tastings Oyster tasting Truffle farm experience Entrance included to: Albi Cathedral, Lascaux Caves and Château de

Bordeaux

Beynac.

Loudes

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riverside town of Beynac-et-

Local guides will give us an

Cazenac and its châteaux.

exclusive lesson in seeking

Returning back to Sarlat,

out these rare delicacies.

enjoy the night at your own

That brings us to Sarlat to

pace. (B)

enjoy our last meal together.

TOUR CODE: BORD

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 6 2 9 PP

(B,D)

2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

VALLEY – SARLAT

DAY 9 SARLAT – SAINT-

APR

18

$4,629

$5,799

Our travels across the

ÉMILION – BORDEAUX

MAY

23 G

$4,629

$5,799

area take in the prehistoric

This is the epicentre of

painted Lascaux Caves and

Bordeaux’s world-renowned

JUN

13 G

27

$4,629

$5,799

the pretty Les Eyzies village,

‘heavy reds’ and our chance

JUL

18 G

$4,629

$5,799

curled up in the heart of the

to sample some of the

04 G 25

Vezere Valley. The route we

region’s best wines – saying a

AUG

08

22 G

$4,629

$5,799

take follows the ‘Royal Road’,

final “santé” before it’s back

SEP

$5,799

to Bordeaux. We make time

12 G 26

$4,629

winding between craggy

05 G 19

rocks and flowing river until

for Saint-Émilion before we

OCT

03

10

$4,629

$5,799

we get to a local truffle farm.

end in Bordeaux (B)

DAY 8 SARLAT – VÉZÈRE

09 30

G = Guaranteed Departure

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3

FRANCE

SARLAT

BIARRITZ

2 LOURDES

1

CATHARE COUNTRY

Tour Start Point

ALBI

MIDI-PYRÉNÉES

Overnight Stop

2

CARCASSONE

Day Stop

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Aix-en-Provence

Provence & The French Riviera Aix-en-Provence | Avignon | Cannes | Arles 9

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

8

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

DAY 2 VENCE – CANNES –

DAY 3 VENCE – AIX-EN-

DAY 5 SAINT-RÉMY-DE

GRASSE – VENCE

PROVENCE

PROVENCE – ORANGE

This morning we make our

Dotted with gravity-defying

– SAINTE-CÉCILE-LES-

way to the sublime village

mountain villages and reach-

VIGNES – SAINT-RÉMY-DE-

Take the back roads from

of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

for-your-camera scenery, we

PROVENCE

the elegant resort of

Then it’s time to channel

travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Our first stop today is

Cannes to quaint towns

your inner film star as we

When we reach the town of

the magnificent Roman

such as Saint-Rémy-de

arrive in Cannes – famous

Aix, we dive into a network

Theatre in Orange. This

Provence

for its glamorous festival,

of narrow streets lined with

UNESCO World Heritage

Have a Provençal lunch

glitzy hotels and utterly

spectacular architecture and

Site is extraordinarily well

and accompanying wines

chic boutiques. Wooing us

centuries-old monuments.

preserved, especially its

in a private vineyard

away from the shoreline is

We even get time to pay a

striking arch. By this point,

Visit the Roman theatre of

Grasse, a hillside town north

visit to Hôtel de Caumont, an

we’ll be ready for a flavour of

Orange

of Cannes that’s famous

elegant château filled with

this area’s culinary heritage

for creating world-class

history and beauty. (B)

too. So we make our way

DAY 1 NICE – ANTIBES – VENCE The French Riviera has it all, and on this tour we’ll soak up its history, glamour and natural beauty. Our first stop: Antibes to view the old port. Then, we swap Antibes for Vence, with its colourful canvas of medieval streets and market stalls.

to Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes

perfumes. Here, we’ll make a stop at the Fragonard

DAY 4 AIX-EN-PROVENCE

where a private vineyard,

Museum to treat our senses

– THE LUBERON – SAINT-

delicious wines and a

to some beautiful perfumes,

RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE

Provençal lunch await. (B,L)

before rounding off the day

After a delicious breakfast,

in Vence with a guided tour

we head off to Saint-Rémy-de

DAY 6 SAINT-RÉMY-DE

of the light-filled Chapelle du

Provence with a small detour

PROVENCE – AVIGNON –

Rosaire. (B)

via the Gordes, pausing

PONT DU GARD – ARLES

in picturesque villages

Roman engineering. Catholic

throughout the day. (B,D)

architecture. It must mean we’re en route to Avignon. We pay a visit to the iconic

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8 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European breakfast (B), 1 provencal lunch with wine tasting (L), 4

•• •• Saint Paul deVence

evening meals (D) Visit of Pottery Manufactory Entrances included: Fragonard Museum, The Chapelle du Rosaire

Valensole

de Vence, Hôtel de Caumont, Sénanque

Pont du Gard, an impressive

years of history and culture

jewel in this region’s crown.

two-tiered Roman aqueduct

to uncover here. (B)

It’s so spectacular that we

back in time. Onwards to

DAY 8 ARLES – LES BAUX-

to truly appreciate it, and

Avignon to visit the Palace

DE PROVENCE – GORGES

settle down to a final dinner

of the Popes, which towers

DU VERDON

together. (B,D)

over the historic centre. By

We make for the mountains

the time we reach Arles, in

today and venture into the

DAY 9 GORGES DU

the heart of the Camargue

‘Little Alps’. First up, is the

VERDON – CASTELLANE

region, we’ll be ready for a

Huguenot stronghold of Les

– NICE

delicious dinner at a local

Baux-de Provence where we

Our tour’s last stop sees us

restaurant. (B,D)

marvel at the extraordinary

in the cobbles of Castellane.

Carrières de Lumières

Look out for the dazzlingly

DAY 7 ARLES

and continue to Valensole

high Chapelle Notre-Dame

Whatever you feel like

for an aromatic lavender

du Roc. After that, we return

doing in Arles, the whole

experience. Finally, we arrive

to Nice where we bid one

day is at your disposal.

at the sensational Gorges

another “au revoir”. (B)

There are thousands of

du Verdon – for many, the

AVIGNON

2

ORANGE

SAINT-RÉMY -DE-PROVENCE LUBERON

1

AIX-EN -PROVENCE

Tour Start Point

of Orange, Pont du Gard,

Overnight Stop

Palace of Popes and Pont Bénezet, Carrières des Lumières. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: PFR

FRANCE

PONT DU GARD

2

museum, Roman Theatre

stay in the area overnight

that carries us on a journey

ARLES

Abbey, lavender

GORGES DU VERDON

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 0 5 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

MAY

11 25 G

$5,059

$6,459

JUN

08 G 15

$5,059

$6,459

JUL

13

$5,059

$6,459

AUG

17

$5,059

$6,459

SEP

07 G 14 G 21

$5,059

$6,459

OCT

12

$5,059

$6,459

G = Guaranteed Departure

1 VENCE

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2 NICE

GRASSE CANNES

Day Stop

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100

Perth Cemetery (China Wall),Ypres

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YEARS SINCE THE END OF THE WW1

B A T T L E F I E L D S

Allow yourself to be transported back in time and explore the major areas of British, American and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front. These tours commemorate the efforts of all the major Commonwealth countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India along with Great Britain and America during this significant period in history. Take the opportunity to visit memorials of your country’s fallen, retrace the steps of your own heritage and gain some insight into the overall strategy of the war that made an indelible mark on the world.

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Ypres

WW1 Battlefields The Somme | Vimy Ridge | Ypres 5

DAYS

4

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

the memorials to each

Amiens for our overnight

endeavours during four

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

country’s fallen as well

stay. After an insightful

long years of conflict.

as gaining a greater

and history-fuelled day,

There is much to see

•• •• ••

understanding of the

rest easy tonight and enjoy

around Ypres, including

Take time to pay your

overall conduct and

time at your own leisure.

John McCrae’s Dressing

respects at relatives'

strategy of the war, this

(B)

Station at Essex Farm

graves

guided tour offers an

Tour Vimy Ridge trenches

unforgettable experience.

DAY 3 AMIENS –

Cemetery at Langemarck,

and tunnels

(D)

VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

Vancouver Corner and the

– YPRES

Hooge Crater trenches

DAY 2 LILLE – THE

We leave Amiens and

museum. As a fitting end

SOMME – AMIENS

travel to the Australian

to the day, you will be

DAY 1 LILLE

We commence our first

National War Memorial

invited to attend the daily

Arrive in Lille then meet

day by exploring the

& Cemetery at Villers-

playing of the Last Post

your Tour Leader for

region of the Somme.

Bretonneux. Later, we

under the Menin Gate

an included welcome

Synonymous with great

make time to visit the

Memorial. (B,D)

dinner. Over the following

losses on the first day of

Canadian Memorial Park

days, we will visit the

battle, 1st July 1916, we

on Vimy Ridge before we

DAY 5 YPRES –

major areas of British

will visit Newfoundland

reach Ypres. (B)

FROMELLES – LILLE

and Commonwealth

Memorial Park, where the

involvement across the

original trench lines have

DAY 4 YPRES – YPRES

time to prepare for a full

Western Front including

been preserved, the Ulster

SALIENT – MENIN GATE

day ahead. We spend

Canada, Australia, New

Tower and Pozières. We

– YPRES

today exploring Hill 60

Zealand, South Africa

will complete our first day

The beautiful city of Ypres

and the area around

and India together with

at the Thiepval Memorial

was totally destroyed

Fromelles, Pheasant

America. With a unique

to the Missing of the

during the war, and sits

Wood Cemetery, VC

opportunity to see

Somme before heading to

in the epicentre of British

Corner and the Australian

Hear the Last Post at Ypres

Cemetery, the German

After breakfast today, it’s

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The Somme

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Tour Leader/Driver Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 evening meals (D) Entrance included to: Ulster Tower Memorial & Visitor Centre, Canadian Memorial Park, Newfoundland

Lille

Park, Memorial to the

Amiens

Missing, Victoria School & Adelaide Cemetery, John McCrae's Dressing

Memorial Park. We visit

Station at Essex Farm,

the recent exhibition to

German Cemetery at

commemorate the finding

Langemarck, Vancouver

of 250 previously unknown

Corner, Commonwealth

set of remains in 2009 and

Cemetery, Last Post

their now marked burial

Ceremony, Fromelles

place at Pheasant Wood

(Pheasant Wood) Military

Cemetery. Later, we end

Cemetery, V.C. Corner

in Lille and say farewell to

Australian Cemetery and

the group. (B)

Memorial For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: BFW

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 , 6 9 9 PP 2018

YPRES

2

1

LILLE

SOMME AMIENS

1 VILLERS BRETONNEUX

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

APR

20

25 G

$1,399

$1,699

11

19 G

$1,399

$1,699

JUN

04 G 20

12 28

$1,399

$1,699

JUL

06 G 22

14 G 30

$1,399

$1,699

AUG

07 23

15 31

$1,399

$1,699

SEP

08 24 G

16 G

$1,399

$1,699

OCT

02

10

$1,399

$1,699

NOV

09

$1,399

$1,699

G = Guaranteed Departure

By ferry

This tour can be combined with ANZACs on the Western Front page 104 and/or La Belle France page 94.

SGL

MAY

27 G

BELGIUM

FRANCE

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

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INCLUSIONS

•• •• •• •• ••

4 nights in boutique accommodation A knowledgeable Back-Roads Driver/ Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 3 evening meals (D) Entrance included to: Hooge Crater Trenches, Wellington Tunnels, Messines Ridge, Polygon Wood, Hooge Crater Trenches & Museum, Hill 60, Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, Wellington Tunnels, Digger Memorial,

Ypres

ANZACs on the Western Front Lille | Ypres | Bretonneux

Victoria School

5

Museum.

DAYS

4

NIGHTS

TOUR CODE: ANZ

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 , 6 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

APR

16

$1,699

$1,999

MAY

15 G

$1,699

$1,999

31 G JUN

23 G

08 24

16

JUL

02 G 18 G

10 G 26

$1,699

$1,999

AUG

03 19

11 G 27

$1,699

$1,999

SEP

04 20

12 G 28 G

$1,699

$1,999

OCT

06

$1,699

$1,999

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•• •• ••

Take time to pay your respects at

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

DAY 1 LILLE

Fromelles before stopping

Today, meet with the

at the Digger Memorial.

group. (D)

(B,D)

DAY 2 LILLE – YPRES

DAY 4 AMIENS – THE

Visit the Gravenstafel

relatives' graves

SOMME – AMIENS

Ridge and Tyne Cot

Our journey includes the

Tour Vimy Ridge

Military Cemetery and

Pozières and Mouquet

trenches and

listen to the Last Post. (B)

Farm and a visit to the

tunnels

Thiepval Memorial to the

Hear the Last Post at Ypres

DAY 3 YPRES – AMIENS

Missing of the Somme.

Today we spend time at

(B,D) DAY 5 AMIENS – VILLERSBRETONNEUX – LILLE

YPRES $1,699

1

$1,999

FRANCE

G = Guaranteed Departure

SOMME

TOUR CODE: ANZD

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 , 9 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

APR

22 G

$2,835

23 G

$2,239

G = Guaranteed Departure

Extra day with Dawn Ceremony Service. Please see our website for details.

1

Today takes us to VillersBELGIUM

LILLE

Bretonneux and the National War Memorial. The focus today is on the final year of the war. Later, we end in Lille. (B)

AMIENS

2 VILLERS BRETONNEUX

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

* please contact Back-Roads immediately after booking to confirm

Day Stop

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BATTLEFIELDS

INCLUSIONS

2 nights in boutique accommodation 2 nights on an overnight ferry Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 evening meals (D) Entrance included to: Pegasus Bridge Museum, Juno Beach Museum, Utah Beach

Normandy American Cemetery

Museum, the Bayeux

D-Day Battles of France Normandy Beaches | Bayeux 5

DAYS

4

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

Memorial Museum and Tapestry, Bovington Tank Museum, D-Day Museum & Southwick House For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

GUESTS TOUR CODE: DD

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• ••

DAY 1 LONDON –

Today we visit Merville

SOUTHSEA –

Battery, the Pegasus

OVERNIGHT FERRY

Bridge and more.

Meet in London and travel

Stand at lesser-known

to Southwick House and

military locations of

DAY 3 BAYEUX –

the D-Day Museum before

Normandy’s military

NORMANDY BEACHES

catching an overnight ferry

history

– BAYEUX

to France. (D)

The Utah Beach Museum

See history told

gives a full explanation of

through needlework and visit the Bayeux Tapestry

DAY 2 CAEN –

America’s role in the battle.

NORMANDY BEACHES

(B)

– BAYEUX DAY 4 BAYEUX – NORMANDY BEACHES LONDON

ENGLAND

– OVERNIGHT FERRY We visit the Bayeux

PORTSMOUTH

BOVINGTON

Memorial Museum and the Longues-sur-Mer battery before catching an

1

overnight ferry. (B,D)

1

DAY 5 BOVINGTON –

CHERBOURG

LONDON BAYEAUX

2

NORMANDY BEACHES

Tour Start Point

FRANCE CAEN

Overnight Stop

Visit the Bovington Tank Museum and end in London. (B)

Day Stop

By ferry

This tour can be combined with Historic Eastern England page 50 backroadstouring.com and/or Corners of Cornwall page 38.

P R I C E S F R O M $ 2 , 5 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

APR

19

$2,599

$3,199

MAY

17

$2,599

$3,199

JUN

21 G

$2,599

$3,199

JUL

19

$2,599

$3,199

SEP

06 G 13

$2,599

$3,199

OCT

11

$2,599

$3,199

G = Guaranteed Departure

Contact your travel consultant or the Back-Roads team to request pre and post accommodation plus transfers.


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Chateauneuf in Burgundy, France from the Dijon canal

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C A N A L S O F

F R A N C E

There is something incredibly special about life aboard a floating hotel barge. The canals of France provide idyllic cruising routes through countryside that is culture-rich and captivating, making for a truly special way of experiencing France in its abundance. Gently cruising through provincial towns, quaint villages and a rustic landscape brimming with rural charm, you will have the chance to stop and explore the region’s stories and delicacies as you go – all while enjoying the modern comforts of a premium barge and accompanied by a highly trained and professional crew.

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©ltabatha.net Raymonde N E W

T O U R

Champagne and Great War Cruise A cruise from Epernay to Paris 7

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

20

GUESTS

raise a glass together with

After breakfast, we take

DAY 4 CHÂTEAU THIERRY

a welcome cocktail and

off on an excursion along

– SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-

dinner. (D)

the famous Champagne

JUMEAUX

Tourist Route as we partake

Back on dry land, start

Take a tour of the

DAY 2 EPERNAY –

in a guided tour of the

the day with a visit to the

Aisne-Marne American

DORMANS

village of Hautvillers – once

Aisne-Marne Cemetery

Cemetery

After breakfast, a languid

home to Dom Perignon, a

and Belleau Wood where

Join a guided tour of the

morning stretches ahead

famous French Benedictine

Marines fought one of the

Battlefields of the Marne

as we sail through exquisite

monk who made important

first US actions of the Great

and the Museum of the

French scenery. Marvel at

contributions to the

War before returning on

Great War

the gorgeous surrounds

production and quality of

board and cruising towards

Embark on an out-of-the-

on this morning’s tour of

champagne as we know

Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-

ordinary visit to Paris and

Verdun, including a visit to

it today. This picturesque

Jumeaux, passing by Drache

a tour of Les Invalides

Fort Douaumont and the

village is located in the

and Champigny as we cruise

Tranchée des Baïonnettes.

Montagne de Reims

through the vineyard-dotted

We’ll return on board in

Regional Natural Park and

landscapes. Tonight, watch

the afternoon and continue

is best explored on foot.

the sun dip below the canals

cruising towards Dormans

We'll continue our visit to

and take the evening at your

where we remain overnight.

a prominent champagne

own pace. (B,L,D)

(B,L,D)

house, with an incredible

DAY 1 PARIS – EPERNAY Become acquainted with the grandeur of Paris and soak up the iconic scenery in the capital before we leave together via minicoach to Epernay, where we board our private barge in the afternoon. After settling into your cabin, meet with your fellow shipmates and

tasting included. After our DAY 3 DORMANS –

DAY 5 SAINT-JEAN-LES-

tour, we’ll return on board

DEUX-JUMEAUX – LAGNY-

CHÂTEAU THIERRY

and start cruising towards

SUR-MARNE

Awe-inspiring architecture,

Château Thierry which we’ll

Cruise towards Meaux

glorious gardens and

reach in the evening. (B,L,D)

this morning and, in the

world-class beverages – it

afternoon, join a guided

all comes together today.

tour of the Battlefields of the

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Village of Flowers, Champagne Touristic Route

•• •• •• ••

CANALS

INCLUSIONS

6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European-style breakfast (B), daily lunches (L), daily evening meals including farewell

••

gala dinner (D) Selected drinks during the cruise including water, wine, beer, fruit

Verdun graveyard , Cimetiere-erdun© T.W. Van Urk

•• •• ••

Montagne de Reims

Marne and the Museum of

of the most impressive cities

the Great War. The circuit

in the world. One of the

of the Battlefields of the

major highlights of today's

Marne takes us through

escapes includes a visit to

the most important combat

Les Invalides, which retraces

areas while the ship cruises

history from 1871 to 1945,

towards Lagny-sur-Marne

including the two World

where we will return on

Wars. Back on the water, we

board. (B,L,D)

sit down for an evening gala

Bicycles available on board Belleau and the AisneMarne American Cemetery The Battlefields of the Marne and the Museums of the Great War

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: PC

dinner tonight and spend DAY 6 LAGNY-SUR-MARNE

juice and coffee

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 9 9 9 PP

the night in port. (B,L,D)

– PARIS Today, our eyes are set

DAY 7 PARIS

towards Paris as we near the

Enjoy your last hearty

2018

DEPARTS

SGL

end of our journey. Upon

buffet breakfast on board

TWN /DBL

JUL

07

$4,999

$6,665

arrival in the afternoon, our

this morning before

AUG

04

$4,999

$6,665

journey takes us on a final

disembarking the boat and

G = Guaranteed Departure

walking tour of Paris – one

ending the tour in Paris. (B)

Contact your travel consultant or the Back-Roads team to request pre and post accommodation plus transfers.

DESTINATION

FRANCE

SAINT-JEANLES-DEUX-JUMEAUX PARIS

Tour Start Point

1

1

1

LAGNYSUR-MARNE

Overnight Stop

DORMANS

1 CHÂTEAU THIERRY

1

1

EPERNAY

Day Stop

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Saint-Jean-de-Losne

Burgundy Cruise A cruise along le Canal de Bourgogne 7

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

20

GUESTS

DAY 2 DIJON – PETIT

DAY 3 PETIT OUGES –

our afternoon destination

OUGES

SAINT-JEAN-DE-LOSNE

where we share a meal at a

Back on dry land, this

Simply sit back in luxurious

local restaurant. (B,L,D)

morning we enjoy a leisurely

surrounds and take in some

Cruise on a floating

drive through a rural idyll,

of France’s most sublime

DAY 5 DOLE – RANCHOT

boutique hotel along a

where row upon row of

wine country, relishing lunch

Before setting sail once

peaceful, vineyard-fringed

vines, punctuated by honey-

in between. We arrive in

more, we take some time

canal

stone villages, will have

Saint-Jean-de-Losne late in

to explore Dole and its

Get a taste of Burgundy’s

us thinking we’ve slipped

the afternoon – which allows

charming town centre.

wine-making heritage

inside a romantic landscape

time to take a walk or ride

Lunch brings us back to

at Château du Clos de

painting. This is Burgundy.

along the bike path before

our barge, then it’s off to

Vougeot

And when in Burgundy,

dinner at a local restaurant.

Ranchot. But you don’t

Discover the citadel of

it’s only right that we visit

(B,L,D)

have to cruise the whole

Besançon, a UNESCO

a historical icon of wine

World Heritage Site

production. On our barge

DAY 4 SAINT-JEAN-DE-

for our exclusive use, you

once more, we depart for

LOSNE – DOLE

could swap the decks for

Petit Ouges. On this tour,

Waking on the water, we

dry land and ride alongside

travelling to our destination

leave our barge moored

the canal on the bike path.

is just as wonderful as

alongside the riverboats

Once you’ve worked up an

arriving, especially with

lining the banks of Saint-

appetite, dinner tonight will

the green and pleasant

Jean-de-Losne to saunter

be served on board. (B,L,D)

landscape of the Saône

around its pretty streets.

Valley rippling around us.

We soon discover it's

DAY 6 RANCHOT –

As we go, we’ll enjoy both

boating heritage and

BESANÇON

lunch and dinner on board.

characteristic Saône Valley

There’s a leisurely morning

(B,L,D)

buildings. Back on the

in store first as we cruise

barge as we cruise to Dole,

further along the Canal de

DAY 1 PARIS – DIJON Travelling from Paris, we greet Dijon where we step on to our private barge with the crew waiting to welcome us. While it’s all hands on deck for them, there’s a cocktail and delicious dinner to make us feel at home. And with that, our cruise is underway. (D)

way. With bicycles on board

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Clos Blanc De Vougeot Castle

Burgundy Canal

On board

Bourgogne. After lunch, we depart for Besançon via coach to explore the area at a leisurely pace. Later, we’ll tour the Royal Saltworks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before celebrating our final evening on the water

6 nights on board MS Jeanine, a boutique hotel

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INCLUSIONS

barge Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Local guide in Dijon Daily European-style breakfast (B) 5 lunches (L), 6 evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D) Selected drinks during the cruise (water, wine, beer, coffee) Selected local taxes Bicycles available to hire Return transfer from Paris to Dijon Tour of Royal Saltworks Trail of the Chat Perché tour Entrance included to: Citadel of Besancon and Palace of Fontainebleau

with a gala evening dinner.

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

(B,L,D) DAY 7 BESANÇON – PALACE OF

TOUR CODE: BD

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 6 9 9 PP

FONTAINEBLEAU – PARIS After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to our barge and look forward to our drive to Paris. (B) PARIS

DESTINATION

2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

AUG

23

$4,699

$6,099

OCT

18 G

$4,699

$6,099

G = Guaranteed Departure

DIJON

Contact your travel consultant or the Back-Roads team to request pre and post accommodation plus transfers.

1

PETIT OUGES

1

SAINT JEAN DE LOSNE

1

1

1

1

BESANÇON

RANCHOT

DOLE

FRANCE

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

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Briare ©Ewa Mazur N E W

T O U R

Loire Valley Cruise A cruise in the heart of France 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

20

GUESTS

and dinner on board. In

along the river towards

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 4 CHAPELLE

the evening, embark on

Marseilles-lès-Aubigny.

MONTLINARD –

a romantic tour of Nevers

(B,L,D)

MENETREOL-SOUS-

••

before spending the evening as you wish with

DAY 3 MARSEILLES-LES-

Rise and shine, waking up

Aqueduct, one of

free time galore. (L,D)

AUBIGNY – CHAPELLE

on the water to another

MONTLINARD

day cruising through

the most prestigious

•• ••

SANCERRE

Marvel at the Briare

waterways in France

DAY 2 NEVERS –

A visit to the Fontmorigny

stunning scenery. Today,

Stroll through well-

MARSEILLES-LES-

Abbey will be the

we begin with a tour of La

preserved historic sites of

AUBIGNY

impressive start to your day

Charité-sur-Loire and the

this exceptional traditional

Take in the gorgeous

today before continuing

priory, one of the most

region of France

surrounds of the region

with a visit to Apremont-sur-

important restoration sites

Enjoy included drinks

with this morning’s guided

Allier and its floral garden,

in Burgundy for the past

and onboard meals as

tour of Nevers, including

known to be one of the

15 years. Afterwards, we

well as a Gala dinner and

a visit to the iconic Ducal

most awe-inspiring villages

visit a farm deep in the

welcome cocktails

Palace. Stroll through the

in France. Afterwards,

countryside where we’ll

remarkably preserved

we’ll return on board

experience the rustic calm

old quarter, with its half-

and continue towards

and authenticity that can be

timbered houses and

Chapelle Montlinard and

found only in France. In the

picturesque streets, before

an outstanding view of

evening, we cruise towards

reaching the Nevers

the Val de Loire Natural

Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre

Cathedral, a national

Reserve. The evening is

and remain here for the

monument of France. After

yours to discover the unique

night. (B,L,D)

a brief visit to the Nevers

abundance of nature,

Blue Gold pottery district,

culture and heritage of the

enjoy a local produce

area as we remain in port

tasting before we continue

overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 1 PARIS – NEVERS Travelling from Paris, we board our private barge in the humble town of Nevers in the afternoon. After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet your crew and fellow travellers with welcome cocktails

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Deborah

Cabin

CANALS

INCLUSIONS

6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B) Daily lunch (L) Daily evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D) Selected drinks during the cruise including wine, beer, fruit juice and

On board bar

DAY 5 MENETREOL-SOUS-

visit to Sancerre, a historic

DAY 7 BRIARE – PARIS

SANCERRE – LÉRÉ

Berry region overlooking

After enjoying the last

Take a tour of Pouilly-sur-

the Loire Valley. Afterwards,

hearty buffet breakfast

Loire this morning and visit

we’ll visit an authentic goat

on board, prepare to

the impressive Tour de

farm and take part in the

disembark around 9am and

Pouilly-Fumé – a wine center

tasting of its trademark

travel by mini-coach back to

located in a beautiful setting.

cheeses along with the local

Paris where the tour comes

We’ll visit the extensive

Sancerre wine. We’ll spend

to an end. (B)

vineyards, the wine cellar

the afternoon cruising to

and enjoy a delectable wine

Briare and through the

tasting. Back on water, we

Briare Aqueduct - one

continue towards Léré and

of the longest navigable

spend the evening at our

aqueducts in the world

leisure. (B,L,D)

before attending a gala

•• •• ••

coffee Bicycles available on board Transfer from Paris to Nevers and Briare to Paris Tour of Nevers, Fontmorigny Abbey, Apremont-sur-Allier, La

••

Charite-sur-Loire Visit wine tourism centre at Tour de PouillyFume and goat farm at Sancerre

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

evening dinner on board. DAY 6 LÉRÉ – BRIARE

(B,L,D)

TOUR CODE: LOR

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 2 9 9 PP

We have an exciting day ahead of us today with a

DESTINATION

PARIS

2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

MAY

17

$4,299

$5,399

JUL

12

$4,299

$5,399

G = Guaranteed Departure

Contact your travel consultant or the Back-Roads team to request pre and post accommodation plus transfers.

FRANCE BRIARE

1

LÉRÉ MENETREOL-SOUS-SANCERRE

1

1

CHAPELLE MONTLINARD

MARSEILLES-LES-AUBIGNY

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

1 1 1

NEVERS

Day Stop

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Dubrovnik

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C R O A T I A

Playing host to some of the world’s longest and arguably most picturesque coastlines in Europe, Croatia has well and truly earned its place as a favourable destination for sunseeking holidaymakers. Set sail across the azure seas of the Mediterranean, discover cliff-top fortresses and Riviera-style villages and tuck into freshly caught delicacies as you explore the countless hidden gem islands that dot the landscape. With sun-drenched beaches, watersports, world-class restaurants and a vibrant nightlife on offer, Croatia is sure to steal your heart.

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Krka National Park

Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast Split | Korcula | Kotor | Dubrovnik 8

DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

the azure Adriatic where our

tapas while learning the

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

DAY 4 KORCULA

trail takes us into the white

history of winemaking in the

Wake in your own time,

walls of Diocletian’s Palace, a

region. We round off our day

knowing the whole day is

•• •• ••

vast fortress filled with years

with free time to relax back

to spend just as you wish.

Stay two nights in the

of history. We also take in

in Trogir. (B)

Lounge at a nearby beach,

enchanting, UNESCO

the Grgur Ninski Statue and

World Heritage-listed city

must-see sites, including the

DAY 3 TROGIR – KORCULA

know the local cuisine. If

of Trogir

cathedral and the Bell Tower

Today we leave the mainland

exploration is on the cards,

Explore historic Kotor in

of St Domnius, before taking

behind, catching the ferry

hop aboard a taxi boat to

Montenegro, during a

a seat at a family-owned

from Split to Korcula, our

Vrnik, a gem of an island

one-night stay

tavern for an authentic

home for the next two

popular with locals and in-

Stop off at the renowned

meal – and warm Croatian

nights. This spellbinding

the-know travellers. (B)

Bibich Winery for a wine

welcome. (D)

island brings together tranquil coves with twisted

DAY 2 TROGIR – KRKA

DAY 5 KORCULA –

exceptional tapas

olive groves, rolling

PELJESAC PENINSULA –

Feast on a delicious meal

NATIONAL PARK – TROGIR

vineyards and timeless

KOTOR

at a local agritourism farm

This morning sees us

fishing villages. Reputed to

Bidding farewell to

in Dubrovnik

seeking the crystalline lakes

be the birthplace of Marco

Korcula, we sail to the

and energetic rivers of

Polo, it’s hard to see why he

nearby Peljesac Peninsula

Krka National Park. Then

would’ve wanted to leave.

– a hotspot for winemaking

it’s onwards to a hidden

After checking into our

since the days of the Roman

treasure of the Bibich Winery

hotel, we get our bearings

Empire. Savour the fruits of

for an afternoon of pure

with a walk through the old

this ancient tradition on a

indulgence. At this small,

town and before the day

tour of a local winery, before

family-owned establishment

is over, it’s time to enjoy a

we briefly leave Croatia

we’ll be treated to local

dinner and a local cooking

for a night in Montenegro.

wines paired with gourmet

class. (B,D)

With steep mountainsides

tasting accompanied by

••

or find a cafe to get to

DAY 1 TROGIR – SPLIT – TROGIR Your adventure begins in fitting style in Trogir. After touring the town centre we journey to Split, a UNESCO World Heritage city beside

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Dubrovnik

Kotor

Wine tasting

plunging into deep,

a boat out into the Bay of

Cathedral of Our Lady and

turquoise waters, Kotor Bay

Kotor to the gorgeous island

the Old Port. If the weather

is a soul-stirring sight. And

of Our Lady of the Rocks.

is on our side, take the

at the centre lies UNESCO

While here, we explore the

opportunity to climb Mount

World Heritage-listed Kotor

intriguing Byzantine-style

Srd by cable car to see the

town, seemingly untouched

church, before heading back

late afternoon sun turn the

by time. (B, D)

to dry land. (B)

rooftops golden before our

•• •• •• •• •• •• •••• •• ••

DAY 7 DUBROVNIK

DUBROVNIK

With a full day in Dubrovnik,

DAY 8 DUBROVNIK

This morning we delve into

we make time to explore this

– ELAPHITE ISLANDS –

Kotor’s history, wandering

beautiful city together as our

DUBROVNIK

through cobbled streets

journey soon draws to an

Our last day sees us visiting

and exploring the cathedral

end. A guided tour takes us

the Elaphite archipelago

of Saint Tryphon and the

into the old town, where we

before returning to

picture-perfect harbour.

see top-draw sites including

Dubrovnik, where our tour

After stopping off in

the Franciscan Monastery,

ends. (B,L)

charming Perast, we board

Sponza Palace, the

7 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Local guides in Split, Trogir, Perast, Kotor, Korcula and Dubrovnik Premium mini-coach transportation Ferry crossings from Split to Korcula, Korcula to Orebic European breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 evening meals (D) 2 wine tastings Local cooking class Boat excursion to Our Lady of the Rocks and Elaphiti Islands Entrance included to: Diocletian’s Palace, Krka National Park, Jewish Temple, Franciscan Monastery and cable car

final dinner together. (B,D) DAY 6 KOTOR –

CROATIA

INCLUSIONS

in Dubrovnik. For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: CRO

P R I C E S F R O M $ 3 , 8 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS DEPARTS TWN /DBL

SGL

MAY

13 G

27

$4,099

$4,799

JUN

10

17

$4,099

$4,799

24 G

CROATIA KRKA NATIONAL PARK

TROGIR

2

2

PELJESAC PENINSULA

ELAPHITE ISLANDS

2

DUBROVNIK

Overnight Stop

01 15

08 G

$4,099

$4,799

AUG

12 26

19 G

$4,099

$4,799

SEP

02 G 23

16 30

$4,099

$4,799

OCT

07

14

$3,899

$4,599

SPLIT

KORCULA

Tour Start Point

JUL

Day Stop

G = Guaranteed Departure

MONTENEGRO

1

KOTOR

By ferry

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Split

Croatian Islands Sailing Sail through Central Dalmatia 8

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

16

GUESTS

DAY 2 ROGOZNICA

DAY 3 ŠIBENIK – KORNATI

medieval basilica and local

– KRKA WATERFALLS –

– TELAŠĆICA

villas. After a visit to the Nin

ŠIBENIK

Enjoy breakfast onboard

Saltworks followed by a local

This morning we cruise

as we cruise to towards

wine tasting, the evening is

Visit a local farm and

towards Skradin where we

the Kornati National Park,

yours to explore. (B,L)

discover more about the

visit the Krka National Park

stopping at the Illyrian

horticulture in the region

and enjoy the opportunity

Fortress and the Christian

DAY 5 ZADAR – ZLARIN

Sample local wine at the

to see the cascading

Church of St. Mary. After

Another day in Dalmatia

the famous Bibich winery

waterfalls. With time for a

lunch, our journey carries us

paradise carries us to

followed by a delicious

dip, this experience is truly

to Telašćica where the island

the island of Zlarin in the

tapas lunch

unforgettable. After building

is surrounded by impressive

Šibenik archipelago with the

Explore the lesser known

an appetite, it’s time for lunch

rock formations, jagged cliffs

afternoon free to explore.

areas of the Dalmatian

at the famous Bibich Winery,

and a natural salt lake. Our

Famous for its coral reefs,

coast

complete with wine tasting

evening meal will be a group

handcrafted jewellery and

and a light tapas lunch. In

affair to round off the day.

local restaurants around

the late afternoon, we sail

(B,L,D)

the harbour, this island is a

DAY 1 SPLIT –

treasure trove of delights.

towards the historic city of Šibenik, located in the heart

DAY 4 TELAŠĆICA –

Meeting in Split, we depart

of the Adriatic coast. Before

ZADAR

for one of Dalmatia’s prettiest

the day is out, we make

Leaving Telascica behind

DAY 6 ZLARIN – TROGIR

towns, Rogoznica. Here, we’ll

time for a guided tour of

us, together we sail towards

We spend the morning in

visit a local farm to learn

this historical town, visiting

Zadar for a guided tour of

relax mode, swimming and

more of the Mediterranean

the nearby palace and the

the town and a chance to

snorkelling in the tranquil

horticulture before making

Laurent Church for a taste of

discover the rich history of

bays before we arrive in

our way back on board our

baroque architecture. (B,L)

the town, evident in the

our next port of call, Trogir,

vessel for a welcome dinner

architecture and design of

one of Croatia’s oldest and

together. (L,D)

the decadent city walls, the

most celebrated cities. Here,

ROGOZNICA

(B,L)

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Krka National Park

7 nights accommodation on board a motor yacht

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INCLUSIONS

Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader Local captain and crew Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L), 3 evening meals, including a Captain’s

Trogir

•• •••• ••••

Vjeko

we enjoy a guided tour of

being performed here. To

the city. Look forward to a

complete the day, we end

feast of churches, palaces,

with an olive oil tasting at

museums, fortresses and

a local olive grove to taste

towers. (B,L)

different types of olive oils in

Dinner (D) Bath towels, beach towels and linen All local taxes Olive oil tasting Wine tasting Entrance included to: Krka Waterfalls, Kornati National Park, Telašćica National Park, Nin Saltworks, Bibich Winery

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the warm sun. Later, we meet DAY 7 TROGIR – SPLIT

for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

TOUR CODE: SAIL

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 0 5 9 PP

As we near the end of our tour, we cruise back to

DAY 8 SPLIT

Split for our final port of

After a hearty breakfast on

call. With a guided tour,

board, it’s time to say our

2018

DEPARTS

discover an abundance of

goodbyes as our tour finishes

LOWER MAIN DECK DECK

JUN

$4,459

this morning. (B)

16 G

$4,059

Roman architecture and

AUG

25 G

$4,059

$4,459

SEP

08

$4,059

$4,459

visit Diocletian's palace. It’s easy to sense the rich

G = Guaranteed Departure

history behind this island

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of olive groves, vineyards, and ceremonies that are still

ZADAR

TELAŠĆICA

1

CROATIA

1

ŠIBENIK ZLARIN

1

1

TROGIR

1

1

1

SPLIT

ROGOZNICA

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

By sail

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Rovinj

Northern Italy, Slovenia & Croatia Venice | Ljubljana | Opatija | Split 7

DAYS

6

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

course. Here, we create

DAY 3 LJUBLJANA –

of this sleepy coastal village.

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

individual masterpieces with

OPATIJA

Wander the labyrinth of

the help of our local guide.

This morning, we make

cobbled streets before

•• •• ••

With free time to explore

time for a walking tour of

we meet with unique art

Sample specialities of

before the sun dips below

Ljubljana before we carry

galleries and the Basilica of

Croatia’s Peninsula, the

the horizon, we meet for

on to Opatija for a local

St. Euphemia. (B)

Buzut truffle

dinner at a local trattoria in

wine tasting session. This

Explore the beauty of

Mestre. (D)

mouthwatering experience

DAY 5 OPATIJA – PLITVICE

allows the chance for you

LAKES

UNESCO World Heritage-

DAY 2 MESTRE – LAKE

to taste wines of the region.

Today we discover one of

listed park

BLED – LJUBLJANA

This afternoon, we continue

Croatia’s most astounding

Enjoy a traditional mask

As we leave Venice this

our exploration of Opatija

natural sites: the cascading

decorating experience in

morning it’s time to look

on a walking tour before we

lakes of the UNESCO World

Venice

onwards to the next country,

retire for the night. (B)

Heritage-listed Plitvice

Plitvice National Park, a

National Park. Walking trails

Slovenia. We visit Lake Bled DAY 1 MESTRE – VENICE – MESTRE Discover the beauty of the world’s most famous floating island – Venice. To start, we meet and embark on a walking tour, ticking off the major sites before we launch into our first local experience together – participating in a traditional mask decorating

and enjoy a boat ride to

DAY 4 OPATIJA –

hug the lakes, allowing us to

a small island on the lake

MOTOVUN – ROVINJ –

journey on foot and watch

to visit The Church of the

OPATIJA

as the water transforms from

Assumption. Afterwards,

Prepare your tastebuds for

emerald green to azure blue.

enjoy free time on the lake

an exclusive truffle tasting

To give this beautiful region

followed by a visit to Lake

in Motovun this morning as

the justice of a full day’s

Bled Castle. Evening brings

we meet with a local family

exploration, tonight we stay

us to Ljubljana to enjoy time

and sample one of Istrian’s

in a nearby town. (B,D)

to yourself. (B)

tastiest treasures. Our next stop is Rovinj, where we stroll along historic streets, soaking up the atmosphere

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•• •• •• •• •• •• •••• •••• ••

Motovun

Venice

Plitvice Lakes Park

CROATIA

INCLUSIONS

6 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Daily European-style breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 evening meals (D) Mask decorating experience in Venice Local guides in Venice & Lake Bled Truffle tasting Wine tasting Chocolate tasting Croatian cooking class Entrance included to: St

DAY 6 PLITVICE LAKES –

DAY 7 SPLIT

SMILJAN – SPLIT

To make the most out of our

After satisfying our appetite

day, we meet after breakfast

over breakfast, we continue

to embark on a walking

north to the town of Smiljan,

tour of Split and to explore

the birthplace of Nikola

Diocletian’s Palace. Split is

Tesla – a famous inventor.

known for its thriving cafe

As we continue south we

culture, with countless coffee

enter central Dalmatia where

spots, bars and restaurants

our local host treats us to a

welcoming guests long

TOUR CODE: ZAG

homemade lunch filled with

into the evening. Soak it

Croatian specialties. Before

all up before we meet for

the sun goes down, we

a farewell cooking class

P R I C E S F R O M $ 4 , 3 9 9 PP

reach Split where the night is

together just outside Split,

2018

DEPARTS

SGL

yours to enjoy. (B,L)

making it the perfect spot

TWN /DBL

MAY

05 19

$4,399

$5,199

JUN

09 G

$4,399

$5,199

Mark's Basilica, Plitvice Lakes, Nikola Tesla house, Bled Castle, Bled Island & Diocletian's Palace

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for a final, farewell lunch. (B,L)

16

1

MESTRE

VENICE

1

LJUBLJANA

2

OPATIJA

SMILJAN

1

CROATIA

PLITVICE LAKES

1

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

11

$4,399

$5,199

SEP

08 G 15 22

$4,399

$5,199

G = Guaranteed Departure

LAKE BLED SLOVENIA

ITALY

AUG

SPLIT

Day Stop

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Neuschwanstein, Germany

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C E N T R A L A N D E A S T E R N E U R O P E Though vastly different in culture and landscapes, the countries that make up Central Europe are collectively some of the most impressive in the world. Shedding its scarred past, the region’s charming towns and unspoiled nature is more accessible than ever. From the snow-capped Bavarian Alps in Germany to the sparkling blue lakes in Austria; the Alpine valleys of Switzerland to the medieval cities of the Czech Republic, the region – and its hearty, local fare – is just begging to be explored.

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Train to the top of Mount Rigi

Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland Chur | Lucerne | Mount Rigi | Mount Schilthorn 9

DAYS

8

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

St Gallen, Vaduz and

Lucerne, setting ashore in

before we reach Bern. With

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

eventually arriving in

Weggis, our base for two

time for a guided walking

Chur where we feast on a

nights. (B,D)

tour and beer tasting, soak

•• •• ••

welcome dinner together.

Uncover Switzerland’s

(D)

up the picture-perfect DAY 4 WEGGIS –

scenery. (B,D)

EINSIEDELN – MOUNT

best-kept secrets, including Chur

DAY 2 CHUR

RIGI – WEGGIS

DAY 6 BERN

Discover the art of crafting

After a hearty breakfast, we

After breakfast, prepare for

Safe to say, Bern will not

Swiss chocolate

launch into a walking tour

round two in the form of a

disappoint. With a free

Learn the art of alphorn

of Chur, and then the rest

cheese fondue tasting at

day to explore, be sure

making in Eggiwil

of the day is yours to enjoy

a local farm in Einsiedeln

to wander the cobbled

at your own pace in one of

before carrying onwards to

centre and visit the

Switzerland's oldest cities. (B)

climb Mount Rigi aboard

excellent museums. Soak

the cog railway – Europe’s

up the tranquil ambience

DAY 3 CHUR – LUCERNE –

first ever mountain line.

as we walk the perfectly

Meet the group this

WEGGIS

Then it’s back down to

preserved medieval streets

morning at one of the

A day of indulgence awaits

Weggis, where you’ll have

of its UNESCO protected

most impressive cities in

in Lucerne, where we have

the evening to yourself.

Old Town. Hear tales from

the world, Zurich – but

an appointment to keep

(B,L)

the city’s 800-year history

not for too long, as we

with a local chocolatier

travel to Schaffhauser

where it’s time to uncover

DAY 5 WEGGIS – EGGIWIL

cathedral, Clock Tower

Blauburgunderland for

the secrets of Swiss

– BERN

and see the 13th century

a private tour and wine

chocolate making, learning

Saying farewell to Weggis,

gate. (B)

tasting (a sample of the

its origins and indulging in

we travel to Eggiwil to meet

activities to follow in

a sample or two. Later we

a local alphorn maker to

the next few days). Our

swap our mini-coach for a

share the secrets to craft

road carries onwards to

scenic boat ride across Lake

the traditional instrument

DAY 1 ZURICH – ST GALLEN – VADUZ – CHUR

as we explore the Gothic

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Interlaken

Wine tasting

Schilthorn

DAY 7 BERN – THUN –

DAY 8 MURREN –

DAY 9 MURREN – ZURICH

INTERLAKEN – MURREN

SCHILTHORN – MURREN

Turning away from Murren,

With our path taking us

Our Swiss adventure

we drive straight to Zurich,

away from Bern, today

wouldn’t be complete

visiting the Botanical

we travel to visit the Thun

without the awe-inspiring

Gardens and lunch before

Castle and continue to

views from above. Prepare

our adventure ends. (B,L)

the Trummelbach Falls –

your eyes today for some

a magnificent cave-like

of the most intoxicatingly

environment surrounded

beautiful views at the top

by a series of waterfalls.

of Schilthorn Mountain.

After splashing through the

Travelling back down to

waterfalls, we will reach new

Murren, we feast on our

heights onboard a cable car

last dinner together before

ride to Murren where we rest

our journey ends tomorrow.

for the next two nights. (B)

(B,D)

•• •• •• •• •• •••• •••• •• ••

8 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Cog railway to Mount Rigi, cable-car to

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INCLUSIONS

Schilthorn European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 evening meals (D) Wine & beer tasting Chocolate tasting Cheese fondue tasting Boat to Weggis Local guides in St Gallen and Bern Entrance included to: St Gallen Old Library, Thun Castle, Trummelbach Falls, Botanical Garden

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TOUR CODE: SMV

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 8 9 9 PP 2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

MAY

08 22 G

$5,899

$7,299

JUN

05

$5,899

$7,299

19

ZURICH

BERN

MOUNT RIGI

LUCERNE

2

2

SWITZERLAND VADUZ LIECHTENSTEIN

WEGGIS

2

CHUR

INTERLAKEN

Tour Start Point

MURREN

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

$5,899

$7,299

AUG

21

$5,899

$7,299

SEP

04 G 18

$5,899

$7,299

OCT

02

$5,899

$7,299

G = Guaranteed Departure

THUN

2

03 17 G

ST GALLEN

EGGIWIL

SCHILTHORN

JUL

By ferry

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Prague

Explore Eastern Europe Budapest | Krakow | Prague 9

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

8

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

DAY 2 BUDAPEST –

chandelier-lit chambers and

DAY 5 KRAKOW –

HOLLOKO – BANSKA

chapels, all carved from

AUSCHWITZ – OLOMOUC

BYSTRICA

salt. Its perfectly preserved

We pay a visit to the

Leaving Budapest behind

centre harks back to its

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Pay a visit to the former

us, we make way to

medieval glory day and is

concentration camp today,

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Holloko, a UNESCO World

sure to impress. (B)

a sobering reminder of

concentration camp

Heritage Site. Here, we

Make authentic Polish

meet with locals and enjoy a

DAY 4 KRAKOW

the Nazis. Later, we reach

pierogi dumplings at a

performance by the Holloko

Today we give Krakow our

Olomouc where we spend

cookery class in historic

Women's Choir dressed in

full attention. Making the

the night. (B)

Krakow

their traditional regional

most of our time in this

Enjoy an evening filled

garments, accompanied by

historic city, we meet in the

DAY 6 OLOMOUC –

with a traditional Baroque

an authentic lunch. Later, we

morning for a guided city

LITOMYŠL – GOLČŮV

performance

reach Banska Bystrica where

tour, visiting the essential

JENÍKOV

the evening is of your own

sights including the Wawel

This morning, we make

entertainment. (B,L)

Royal Castle and Cathedral.

time for an exploration of

Then, the rest of the day is

Olomouc, before moving

DAY 3 BANSKA BYSTRICA

yours to explore. Tonight,

on to the town of Litomyšl

– WIELICZKA – KRAKOW

you will be treated to a

to visit one of the biggest

Waving farewell to Banska

pierogi-making class, where

Renaissance castles in the

Bystrica, our road carries us

we learn how to cook these

Czech Republic. Next up, we

to visit the Wieliczka Salt

classic Polish dumplings.

drive to the grand Chateau

Mines – one of the oldest in

(B,D)

Hostačov in Golčův Jeníkov.

DAY 1 BUDAPEST With so much to see, there is no time to waste. We will make tracks on a guided city tour of Budapest. Then, the afternoon is all yours to discover the historical capital before we meet for our first meal together. (D)

atrocities committed by

the world – before we reach

Here, we enjoy a wine

Krakow. Dating back to the

tasting session and delicious

13th century, this historic

dinner. (B,D)

mine also houses enchanting

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•• •• •• •• •••• •• •• •• ••

Slovakia

Pierogi Dumplings

Hungarian Parliment, Budapest

DAY 7 GOLČŮV JENÍKOV

you see it. After a guided

This morning you’re free to

tour of the majestic city to

enjoy the surrounds of the

get your bearings, enjoy free

chateau or take a walk to the

time before we sit down for

nearby village. On the cards

a farewell dinner with beer

for tonight’s entertainment

tasting. (B,D)

8 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 evening

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INCLUSIONS

meals (D) Pierogi-making class Beer & wine tastings Local guides in Budapest, Krakow and Prague Performance by the Hollókő Women's Choir Baroque evening performance Entrance included to: Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral, Litomyšl Castle and Karlštejn Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mines, former

includes an evening of

concentration camp

traditional Baroque style

DAY 9 PRAGUE –

dancing accompanied by

KARLŠTEJN – PRAGUE

a 6-piece orchestra and

Our final day takes us to the

dinner. (B,D)

countryside town, Karlštejn

Auschwitz-Birkenau For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

to explore one of the most DAY 8 GOLČŮV JENÍKOV –

beautiful castles. After a

PRAGUE

short drive back to Prague,

With cathedral spires,

our journey ends in the

cobbled streets and timeless

afternoon. (B)

TOUR CODE: EE

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 3 9 9 PP

market squares, Prague

2018

DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

captivates from the moment

MAY

09 23 G

$5,399

$6,699

JUN

06

$5,399

$6,699

POLAND PRAGUE

1

KARLSTEJN

AUSCHWITZ

LITOMYSL

2 GOLCUV JENIKOV

CZECH REPUBLIC

20 G

2

KRAKÓW WIELICZKA

1 OLOMOUC

SLOVAKIA

1

BANSKA BYSTRICA

HOLLOKO

1

BUDAPEST Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

HUNGARY

Day Stop

This tour can be combined with Germany and Austria Highlights page 128 and/or The Baltics Highlights page 138.

JUL

11 G 18

$5,399

$6,699

AUG

22 G

$5,399

$6,699

SEP

05 19

$5,399

$6,699

G = Guaranteed Departure

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Rothenburg

Germany and Austria Highlights Rothenburg | Munich | Vienna 13

DAYS

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

•• •• ••

12

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

DAY 2 WERNIGERODE –

buildings that survived both

DAY 7 FUSSEN – WIES –

KYFFHAUSER – ERFURT –

world wars. (B)

OBERAMMERGAU – ETTAL – INNSBRUCK – HALL

COBURG We drive to the Kyffhauser

DAY 5 AUGSBURG –

Travelling to Wies, visit the

Visit a traditional

Memorial this morning for

MUNICH – FUSSEN

famous Rococo pilgrimage

ecological farm in Munich

a magnificent view before

Begin the day with a

church before departing for

and taste local products

continuing to the medieval

walking tour of Munich

Oberammergau, a stunning

Take the road less

town of Erfurt. In the

visiting at a local ecological

Bavarian village with fairy-

travelled along the

evening, enjoy the night in

farm where we taste local

tale-like painted houses.

German Alpine Road

beautiful Coburg. (B)

ecological products such as

After lunch, we visit the

Raise a glass and enjoy a

cheese, ham, and salami.

impressive Ettal monastery

wine and local produce

DAY 3 COBURG

The afternoon brings a

before arriving in Innsbruck

tasting in Wachau

– WURZBURG –

scenic drive to Fussen

for a free afternoon. In the

ROTHENBURG

where the evening is yours

evening, we transfer to Hall

After spending the morning in

to explore. (B)

and end the day with a

DAY 1 BERLIN – BRANDENBURG AN DER HAVEL – MAGDEBURG – WERNIGERODE

Wurzburg where we visit the

DAY 6 FUSSEN –

famous Residence Palace at

NEUSCHWANSTEIN –

DAY 8 HALL – KRIMML –

the Staatlicher Hofkeller. (B)

FUSSEN

SALZBURG

Departing Berlin, we begin the tour in Brandenburg where we visit the famous Gothic Cathedral before continuing to Magdeburg. (D)

delicious dinner. (B,D)

Veste Coburg, we proceed to

We spend today in the

A glorious view awaits at

DAY 4 ROTHENBURG

dream-like retreat of

the Krimml Waterfalls this

– DINKELSBUHL –

Neuschwanstein Castle,

morning before we make

AUGSBURG

designed for King Ludwig II

the heart-stealing journey

Time to admire picture-

in 1886. (B)

along the Gerlos Alpine Road

perfect castles and medieval

towards Salzburg. (B)

towns before stopping in Dinkelsbuhl featuring

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Apple Strudel demostration

Neuschwanstein Castle

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INCLUSIONS

meals (D) Wine tasting Apple strudel demonstration Entrance included to: Würzburg Residence, Augsburg Town Hall,

Krimml Waterfalls

Neuschwanstein Castle, Hallein Salt Mine, Melk

DAY 9 SALZBURG

Hallstatter See, along with

DAY 12 SANKT GALLEN –

After a morning tour of

the picturesque village of

MELK – DURNSTEIN

the city, the day is yours to

Hallstatt. In the afternoon,

Take a guided tour of Melk

enjoy Salzburg – a thrill for

travel to Sankt Gallen and

Abbey this morning before

music lovers as we glimpse

enjoy dinner in a real castle.

arriving in Spitz where we’ll

inside Mozart’s birthplace,

(B,D)

enjoy a tasting of local

Abbey, Schönbrunn Palace, Veste Coburg and Krimml Waterfalls For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: GRV

wines. (B,D)

the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle sitting high above the

DAY 11 SANKT GALLEN

city. (B)

– BAD ISCHL – SANKT

DAY 13 DURNSTEIN –

P R I C E S F R O M $ 6 , 1 9 9 PP

GALLEN

VIENNA

DAY 10 SALZBURG –

We spend today at Bad

Our first stop in Vienna will

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HALLEIN – WOLFGANGSEE

TWN /DBL

Ischl where the architecture

be a tour of the impressive

MAY

08

$6,199

$7,129

– HALLSTATT – SANKT

is influenced by the

baroque Schonbrunn Palace.

GALLEN

JUN

05 G

$6,199

$7,129

Wilhelminian period, making

Before we end, be sure to

Visit Hallein’s old salt mines

the most of free time to

sample the Viennese apple

AUG

07

$6,199

$7,129

this morning before visiting

explore the Emperor’s

strudel – the perfect way to

SEP

$7,129

mansion, old churches and

end this tour. (B)

04 18

$6,199

two of Austria’s most stunning lakes – Wolfgangsee and

historic fountains. (B,D)

1

WERNIGERODE

KYFFHAUSER GERMANY

1

WURZBURG ROTHENBURG

1

AUGSBURG

FUSSEN

2

HALL

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

ERFURT COBURG

DINKELSBUHL

1

MUNICH DURNSTEIN

1

SALZBURG KRIMML

2

2

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MAGDEBURG

26

AUSTRIA

1

VIENNA

SANKT GALLEN

Day Stop

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I C E L A N D S C A N D I N A V I A R U S S I A T H E

&

B A L T I C S

Fairytale settings and landscapes full of legends. That is what you can expect from your journey through the north of Europe as you set foot into a region full of glorious contrasts. Spectacular fjords, towering waterfalls and majestic snow-topped mountains will wow the adventurers at heart, while centuries-old palaces and Nordic castles will satisfy the culturally curious. Switch gears as you move through metropolitan hubs, where uniquely designed architecture, historic churches and impressive parliament buildings are waiting to be discovered.

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Stokksnes headland N E W

T O U R

Iceland Highlights Skogar | Gullfoss | Langjokull | Reykjavik 5

DAYS

4

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

treat on this Icelandic

farm. Next, we pay a visit

Park – the epitome of heart-

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

adventure. A once in-a-

to the Icelandic Association

stopping beauty. In the

lifetime destination for

for Search and Rescue

afternoon, we drive to west

•• •• ••

most, you are about to

and discover about the

Iceland to our hotel before

Gain insight into the life

be spoilt with unmissable

exceptional knowledge of

retiring for the night. (B,D)

on an Icelandic farm as

sights and natural beauty

the local rescue team. After

local Vorsabær farmers

unlike anywhere else in the

an informative session, we

DAY 4 STÓRARJÓDUR

invite you on a tour

world. Departing from the

make time for a visit to the

– REYKHOLT –

of purebred Icelandic

capital, we start the day

Secret Lagoon – a natural

LANGJÖKULL GLACIER –

livestock including horses,

with a scenic drive to the

hot spring and later, enjoy

STÓRARJÓDUR

goats and sheep

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

dinner at a local restaurant

After breakfast, we drive to

Swim in the waters of the

before travelling onwards

together. (B,D)

Víðgelmir Lava Cave, the

Secret Lagoon

to the awe-inspiring Skógar

Embark on a Viking

Waterfall. After a full day

DAY 3 FLÚDIR –

before driving to the

sushi boat tour from

of sightseeing, we settle

GULLFOSS – THINGVELLIR

village of Reykholt and the

Stykkisholmur harbor

into our hotel and enjoy a

– STÓRARJÓDUR

nearby Deildartunguhver

to learn about the sea

welcome dinner together.

On the cards for today

hot springs. After, indulge

and bird life, and try the

(D)

involves a scenic journey

your tastebuds with a beer

across the impressive

tasting at Steðji Brewery

delicious fresh scallops

longest lava cave in Iceland

and sea urchins straight

DAY 2 FLÚDIR – SKEIÐD

Golden Circle, ticking off

before we transfer to

from the ocean

OG GNÚPVERJAHREPPUR

the Gullfoss Waterfall and

Langjökull glacier and climb

– FLÚDIR

the Geysir hot spring area.

aboard a customised 4WD

After a delicious breakfast,

Next, we make a stop at a

vehicle to experience the

we head to Vorsabær where

cow farm in Efstidalur and

infamous ice tunnel and

you will be able to meet

taste home-made ice cream

surrounding caves. After

with the locals and learn

before continuing through

an activity filled day, we

about life on an Icelandic

the Thingvellir National

meet with our hotel where

DAY 1 REYKJAVIK – SELJALANDSFOSS – SKÓGAR – FLÚDIR Prepare for a visual

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Seljalandsfoss waterfall

•• •• •• •• •• ••

4 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D) Swim in the Secret Lagoon Visit to Seljalandsfoss and Skógar Waterfalls

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and Eyjafjallajökull Erupts

Secret Blue Lagoon

•• •• ••

Reykjavik

we settle down for farewell dinner. (B,D) DAY 5 STÓRARJÓDUR

Museum Viking sushi boat tour from Stykkisholmur Harbor Tour of the Thingvellir National Park Visit to the ice caves and ice tunnel at Langjökull glacier

– SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA – REYKJAVIK

For tour exclusions please see

Today is your last day of

our FAQs on p.143

the tour, but also one of the most memorable. We have

TOUR CODE: ICE

an exciting day ahead of us

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 2 2 9 PP

as we drive to Stykkisholmur Village where we embark on a Viking sushi boat tour to learn about the local environment. In the afternoon, we return to the charming capital, Reykjavik where we end the tour. (B)

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21

$5,549

$6,629

MAR

21 G

$5,549

$6,629

APR

18

$5,549

$6,629

MAY

16 G

$5,949

$7,029

JUN

20

$5,949

$7,029

JUL

18

$5,949

$7,029

AUG

15

$5,949

$7,029

SEP

26

$5,949

$7,029

OCT

17

$5,549

$6,629

G = Guaranteed Departure

SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

ICELAND STÓRARJÓDUR

2

THINGVELLIR REYKJAVIK

LANGJÖKULL GLACIER GULLFOSS

SKEIDA OG GNUPVERJAHREPPUR

2

SELJALANDSFOSS

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

FLÚDIR

SKOGAR

Day Stop

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Norwegian Fjords

Norway: Fjords & Glaciers Grotli | Geiranger | Flam | Bergen 8

DAYS

7

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

dessert will be a guided

filled with jaw-dropping

challenges. Our day ends at

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

tour of Maihaugen Open-air

scenery. Weather permitting,

Solvorn where tonights meal

Museum – a sublime place

we begin at Dalsnibba

is a group affair. (B,D)

•• •• ••

to discover Norwegian life,

Summit, Europe’s highest

Take a train journey like no

then and now. Tonight, rest

fjord that promises as-far-as-

DAY 5 SOLVORN –

other on the Flam Railway

up and feast on a delicious

the-eye-can-see views across

GUDVANGEN – FLAM

Visit Lom Stave Church,

welcome dinner at a local

UNESCO World Heritage-

– MYRDAL – VOSS –

one of the largest still left

restaurant for our first meal

listed Geirangerfjord. After

BERGEN

in Norway

together. (D)

lunch, we take a closer look,

Swapping our wheels for

cruising to the middle of the

the water, we embark on a

Visit a floating salmon farm in the middle of a

DAY 2 LILLEHAMMER –

fjord to see the captivating

boat cruise to Flam. Then,

Fjord

LOM – GROTLI

Seven Sisters, Bridal Veil

we have a once-in-a-lifetime

From Lillehammer, we travel

and Suitor waterfalls. By the

experience in store. We

to Lom where we meet with

end of the day, we’ll have

embark on the Flam Railway,

DAY 1 OSLO –

one of Norway’s largest

sensational photos to share

one of the planet’s steepest

LILLEHAMMER

stave churches accompanied

and compare. (B,L,D)

and most spectacular train

Cosmopolitan style meets

by flawless natural scenery.

natural beauty in Oslo, our

Later, we reach Grotli and

DAY 4 GROTLI –

film-set-worthy scenery. At

starting point, but before

enjoy a dinner together.

FJAERLAND – SOLVORN

Myrdal, we switch to the

we get too comfortable, it’s

(B,D)

Our adventure continues in

scenic train that takes us to

Fjaerland, a village on the

Voss and our day ends in Bergen. (B)

time to direct your eyes to

lines that runs through

our first stop: Lillehammer.

DAY 3 GROTLI –

sublime Fjaerlandsfjord. The

In 1994 the world’s winter

GEIRANGER – HELLESYLT

award-winning Norwegian

athletes gathered to bobsled

– GROTLI

Glacier Museum is next, with

DAY 6 BERGEN –

and slalom their way across

After a delicious breakfast

a fascinating insight into this

OYGARGEN – BERGEN

this snow-dusted town.

fit for a King, it’s time to

region – from the ice age

On the menu today presents

Lunch is up to you, but

prepare for an eventful day

to today’s climate change

the opportunity to embark

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Folgfonna Glacier

Bergen

Oslo

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INCLUSIONS

daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 evening meals (D) Entrance included to: Viking Ship Museum, Maihaugen Open Air

on a food tour of Bergen,

we come together for our

followed by a visit to the

last meal. (B,L,D)

Museum, Lom Church, Dalsnibba (weather permitting), Norwegian

Oygarden Aquaculture

Glacier Museum,

centre, visiting a Norwegian

DAY 8 OSLO

fish farm. Then, we return

After breakfast, we still have

back to Bergen for a night at

time for an in-depth tour

your own leisure. (B)

of Oslo including a visit to

Øygarden Aquaculture Centre, Olympic ski lift For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

the Viking Ship Museum DAY 7 BERGEN – OSLO

before our tour ends around

Today, we rise early to

midday. (B)

TOUR CODE: NOR

reach Oslo where our tour

P R I C E S F R O M $ 7 , 1 9 9 PP

comes full circle – but it’s not over yet. Take time to wander through Norway's

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DEPARTS

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architectural gems scattered

JUN

06

$7,199

$8,299

through the city. Preparing

JUL

04 G

$7,199

$8,299

for our farewells tomorrow,

AUG

15

$7,199

$8,299

capital and uncover the

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2

FJAERLAND

1

SOLVORN

FLAM RAILWAY BERGEN

LOM

2 NORWAY

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

1 1

LILLEHAMMER

OSLO

By train

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Moscow Red Square

Impressions of Russia St Petersburg | Pushkin | Peterhof | Moscow 10

DAYS

9

NIGHTS

UP

TO

18

GUESTS

the Peter and Paul Fortress

many of Russia’s masters.

After exploring the unique

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

and the Aurora battleship

After building a healthy

Vitoslav Litsy open-air

– a symbol of the October

appetite, we have lunch

museum of wooden

•• •• ••

1917 revolution. To round

and a Pelmeni cooking class

architecture, we pay a visit to

Explore fascinating

off the day, we view The

experience. (B,L)

the Kremlin. (B)

monuments of Russia’s

Hermitage’s remarkable

imperial and communist

collection of artefacts before

DAY 3 ST PETERSBURG –

DAY 5 ST PETERSBURG –

past

our welcome dinner. (D)

PETERHOF –

MOSCOW

ST PETERSBURG

Our path turns towards

a Russian doll under the

DAY 2 ST PETERSBURG –

Today we drive to Peterhof,

Russia’s majestic capital,

guidance of a master

PUSHKIN –

a regal complex of gardens,

Moscow, with an early

craftsman

ST PETERSBURG

fountains and palaces that

morning start with a train

Enjoy a traditional folk

With powder blue walls and

earns it the nickname ‘the

journey. Our afternoon is

show in Suzdal

golden-topped windows,

Russian Versailles’. Later

spent sampling vodka and

Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe

we enjoy an early dinner

visiting local markets before

Selo is a sight to behold

followed by the ‘Feel yourself

dinner at a local restaurant.

– and that’s before we

Russian’ folk show. This

(B,L,D)

even step inside. When we

celebration of cossack culture

do, we discover treasures

is a bright mix of costumes,

DAY 6 MOSCOW

including the Amber Room,

dance and music. (B, D)

Our day begins with a guided

Try your hand at painting

DAY 1 ST PETERSBURG St Petersburg marks our grand entrance to Russia. A panoramic tour introduces its highlights, from Nevsky Prospekt and the Church of the Saviour to Spilled Lavish palaces, colourful cathedrals and tranquil monasteries. We delve into legendary tales with visits to

tour of the Red Square, the

whose walls of precious amber are as enthralling

DAY 4 ST PETERSBURG –

beating heart of the city.

as its mysterious history.

VELIKY NOVGOROD –

While here, we tour the

Later, we go back to St

ST PETERSBURG

Kremlin, which stands beside

Petersburg, we peer inside

We leave St Petersburg

neighbours including St

St Isaac’s cathedral, taking in

briefly for Russia’s ancient

Basil’s cathedral, with its eye-

outstanding religious art from

capital, Veliky Novgorod.

catching collection of onion

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•• •• •• •• •• •• •••• ••

9 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 evening meals (D) Vodka and Pastilla tastings Russian toy 'Matreshka'

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workshop Local cooking class Local folk show experience Entrance included to: Peter and Paul's Fortress,

domes coated in colourful

DAY 8 MOSCOW –

DAY 9 SUZDAL – VLADIMIR

mosaics. The rest of the day is

SERGIEV POSAD – SUZDAL

– MOSCOW

spent exploring Moscow. (B)

We spend today among the

This morning sees us explore

tranquil surrounds of Sergiev

the magical town of Suzdal,

DAY 7 MOSCOW –

Posad, one of Russia’s

passing through the old

KOLOMNA – MOSCOW

most sacred religious sites.

Kremlin. Next, we reach

Kolomna, which dates back

After viewing the revered

Vladimir – one of the most

to the 12th century, is on

Trinity, an icon painted over

ancient Russian towns before

the cards today. We tour

600 years ago, we join the

returning to Moscow for our

the old town then treat our

monks for lunch. Next, with

last evening together. (B)

Cathedral, St. Savior's

sweet tooth by discovering

the guidance of a master

pastila. First we learn about

craftsman, try your hand

DAY 10 MOSCOW

Kremlin, Museum of

the heritage of this ancient

at painting your very own

After breakfast, we say

sweet at the museum, before

Russian doll to take home.

farewell to our fellow

visiting a historic manor

Later, we arrive in Suzdal

travellers. (B)

house to sample some

followed by a farewell dinner

over tea. Later, we return to

and folk show. (B,L,D)

Aurora Battleship, State Hermitage, Catherine' s Palace, Peterhof Palace and Park, Novgorod Kremlin, Vodka museum, Izmailovo Kremlin territory, Armory Chamber, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kolomna Pastila, Trinity Sergiev Monastery, Suzdal Kremlin, Vladimir Assumption Cathedral For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

Moscow. (B)

TOUR CODE: RUS

ST PETERSBURG

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 5 9 9 PP

4

VELIKIY NOVGOROD

SERGIEV POSAD RUSSIA MOSCOW

4

1

SUZDAL

KOLOMNA

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

By train

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MAY

20

$5,599

$6,669

AUG

05 G 12 26

$5,599

$6,669

SEP

30

$5,599

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Vilnius N E W

T O U R

The Baltic Highlights Vilnius | Riga | Tallinn | St Petersburg 13

DAYS

12

NIGHTS

UP

TO

15

GUESTS

occurred in years gone. Next,

DAY 4 VILNIUS – TRAKAI –

is no time to waste so we

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

we move onwards to Kadzidlo

ANYKSCIAI

embark on a walking tour

to experience our first

Onwards from Vilnius, we

through Riga while sampling

••

traditional dish. (L,D)

make tracks to Trakai for a

local delicacies. (B)

•• ••

Savour the taste of

pasty tasting of the Kibinai – a

local beer in Lithuania,

DAY 2 AUGUSTOW –

Caraimes traditional pastry.

DAY 7 RIGA – LIGATNE –

accompanied by lunch

DRUSKININKAI – VILNIUS

Before we reach Anyksciai, we

PARNU

and a traditional folklore

After breakfast, we leave for

cross the Laju Takas treetop

Departing Riga, we make

show

Druskininkai and watch local

path before we reach our final

time to visit an old Soviet

Take a step back in history

artisan bakers create the

destination where the evening

bunker in Ligatne along with a

with a visit to an old Soviet

traditional Polish - Lithuanian

is yours to enjoy. (B,L)

delicious visit to a winery and

bunker in Latvia

tree cake, the sakotis. Before

Try your hand at mastering

driving to Vilnius we stop

DAY 5 ANYKSCIAI – BIRZAI

Then, we end in Parnu for a

the art of marzipan

via Gruto Park and later, we

– RUNDALE PALACE – RIGA

relaxed evening. (B)

painting in Tallinn

discover the allure of Vilnius.

If a morning coffee fails

(B,L)

to awaken your senses, a

DAY 8 PARNU – TALLINN

morning brewery tour will do

Dreamy churches, zigzag

a tasting of local berry wine.

DAY 1 WARSAW –

DAY 3 VILNIUS

the trick. We travel to Birzai to

streets and ancient castles

TREBLINKA – KADZIDLO –

A walking tour of Vilnius is

sample local beers and learn

are on the cards today. But

AUGUSTOW

just what the doctor ordered

of the old traditions here.

first, a walking tour of Parnu

Our journey through the

to get acquainted with the

After lunch we drive to the

to ensure the beauty of this

glittering Baltic region starts

baroque beauty that the

impressive Rundale Palace

town is enjoyed before we

today in Warsaw before

town has to offer. Then, we

before reaching Riga tonight.

reach Tallinn. Upon arrival

swiftly moving onwards to

make time to visit the Amber

(B,L,D)

in the capital, we meet for

our first stop: the former

Museum to learn of the

concentration camp Treblinka

formation and harvesting of

DAY 6 RIGA

the day and feast on a local

to learn of the events that

Baltic amber. (B,D)

With so much to see, there

dinner together. (B,D)

our second walking tour of

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Riga

Pushkin

DAY 9 TALLINN

of Finland, Helsinki. In the

DAY 12 ST PETERSBURG

A small but impressive

afternoon we make time for

– PETERHOF – PUSHKIN –

town, you will not be

a sightseeing tour before

HELSINKI

disappointed. This morning

catching an overnight ferry to

This morning we drive to

we partake in a marzipan

St. Petersburg. (B,D)

Peterhof, a regal complex of gardens and fountains.Then,

painting workshop, visit the

•• •• •• •• •• •• •••• ••••

12 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation European breakfast daily (B), 4 lunches (L) 7 evening meals (D) 1 wine tasting, 1 beer tasting Ferry to Helsinki and St Petersburg Traditional folk shows Marzipan painting workshop Amber workshop Local guides in Vilnius, Riga, Parnu, Tallinn, Helsinki, Pushkin, Rundale Palace, Kadriorg

••

Palace & St Petersburg Entrance included to: Nazi Concentration

Estonian Maritime Museum

DAY 11 ST PETERSBURG

we continue to Pushkin to

and stop at the Kadriorg

With breakfast at sea, we

wander the Catherine Palace

Palace. After an activity-filled

reach St. Petersburg and

before we climb aboard

day, take it easy this evening

drive to the awe-inspiring

our last overnight ferry to

with a free night. (B)

Hermitage Museum – a

Helsinki. (B,D)

Ligatne Soviet Bunker, Museum, Kadriorg

camp, Gruto Parkas, Amber Museum, Laju Takas, Rundale Palace, Estonian Maritime

decadent display of wealth DAY 10 TALLINN

before we travel through

DAY 13 HELSINKI

– HELSINKI – ST

the city with a guided tour.

We end in Helsinki and say

PETERSBURG

Our evening meal offers a

farewell to each other. (B)

We bid farewell to Tallinn

traditional folklore show that

as we climb aboard a short

will be sure to entertain. (B,D)

Palace, Peterhof Garden, Catherine Palace, Treblinka Museum, Sakotis Museum, Trakai Castle, Riga Cathedral,

ferry to the eclectic capital

Tallinn Dome and The State Hermitage

FINLAND

1

HELSINKI

1

1

2 TALLINN 2

ESTONIA

RIGA

LATVIA

1 1

BIRZAI

1 1 2

11

ST PETERSBURG RUSSIA

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: BE

P R I C E S F R O M $ 5 , 7 9 9 PP

ANYKSCIAI VILNIUS

KADZIDLO WARSAW

Museum.

LIGATNE

2

AUGUSTOW

11

PARNU

22

LITHUANIA

POLAND

ICELAND, SCANDINAVIA, RUSSIA & THE BALTICS

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INCLUSIONS

TREBLINKA

Day Stop

This tour can be combined with Explore Eastern Europe page 126.

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DEPARTS

TWN /DBL

SGL

MAY

14 23 G

$5,799

$7,199

AUG

02

$5,799

$7,199

SEP

17 G

$5,799

$7,199

OCT

01

$5,799

$7,199

G = Guaranteed Departure

Contact your travel consultant or the Back-Roads team to request pre and post accommodation plus transfers.


A R A B I A N P E N I N S U L A

Delve into the intoxicating world of the Arabian Peninsula, where vast stretches of desert meet verdant oases, quaint fishing villages and state-of-the-art cities. Made up of countries including Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, this culturally rich area offers the perfect mix of adventure, comfort and tradition, and serves as the perfect stopover location for experience-seeking travellers. Explore Dubai – the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and a thriving hub of glittering skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls and man-made beaches. With an ultramodern aesthetic, steeped in Islamic tradition, Dubai gives true meaning to the term ‘cultural melting pot’.


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Marvel at some of the world's most impressive landmarks in Dubai on a

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guided driving tour

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Cruise through the desert with a desert dune safari and

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traditional dinner Hop aboard a traditional abra (water taxi) crossing the Dubai Creek to visit Deira

INCLUSIONS

Dune Safari N E W

T O U R

Dubai Stopover Dubai 3

DAYS

2

NIGHTS

DAY 1 DUBAI/ABU DHABI

DAY 2 DOWNTOWN

DAY 3 DOWNTOWN

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DUBAI – DUBAI DESERT

DUBAI – DUBAI/ABU

– DOWNTOWN DUBAI

It’s a full day ahead so make

DHABI INTERNATIONAL

Upon arrival into one of the

sure each of the incredible

AIRPORT

most vibrant and exciting

icons of Dubai are given

Your private transport will

cities in the world, a private

ample time to explore and

take you to the airport to

transfer will take you from

enjoy. (D)

meet with your departure flight.

the airport to your hotel in Dubai. Unpack your bags, check into your room and enjoy this stopover break in Dubai.

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2 nights in boutique accommodation Experienced Back-Roads Driver/ Tour Leader Premium mini-coach transportation Private safari 4x4 vehicle 1 Arabic-style threecourse buffet dinner (D) Driving tour of Dubai Crossing the Dubai Creek in an abra, a traditional water taxi Tour of spice and gold souks Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari A camel ride in the Dubai Desert

For tour exclusions please see our FAQs on p.143

TOUR CODE: DSO DUBAI CITY TOUR

P R I C E S F R O M $ 1 , 4 2 9 PP

2 DUNE SAFARI AND BEDOUIN DINNER

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Tour Start Point

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

This tour can be combined with any tour within the programme. backroadstouring.com

DAILY DEPARTURES This tour is designed to offer maximum flexibility for your stopover on the way to and from Europe. This is not classed as a Back-Roads small group tour but is a set itinerary with daily departures. Minimum of 2 passengers on a booking. Contact your travel consultant or the Back-Roads team to request pre and post accommodation.


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Frequently Asked Questions WHAT IS THE TYPICAL AGE OF A BACK-ROADS TOURING CLIENT? There tends to be a fairly wide range of ages, but broadly speaking our clients are in the 50+ age group. WHAT LEVEL OF MOBILITY DO I NEED ON A BACK-ROADS TOUR? You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, walk to attractions, around towns and villages, walk up and down stairs in some of the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and many will not have lifts or ground-floor rooms. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please check with us. I HAVE SOME HEALTH ISSUES. WILL THIS BE A PROBLEM? If your health problem is managed without the need for additional care, or special facilities, and does not present a risk to any other passengers, we should be able to accept you on a Back-Roads Tour. It is always best to check if you are unsure. We draw your attention to clause 30 in the Terms and Conditions on the inside back cover of this brochure. If there are any medical conditions that we need to be aware of please complete our self assessment form at time of booking. ARE YOU ABLE TO CATER FOR MY DIETARY RESTRICTIONS? We will do our best to satisfy your dietary needs. Please ensure that any restrictions are made clear to us at the time of booking so we can pass the information on to our hotels. WHAT MEALS ARE INCLUDED? Breakfast (B) is included daily. We also include some lunches and dinners, either in the hotel or in a local restaurant. These are noted by L (lunch), or D (dinner) in the itineraries. You will have some free evenings to try the local cuisine independently. One thing to remember, dinner times in Europe are likely to be later than you

might be used to: 7.30pm at the earliest and often later in France and Italy. AM I EXPECTED TO LEAVE GRATUITIES? It is common in the UK and Europe to leave a small gratuity in restaurants and cafés if you have received good service (typically 12% on top of the bill). Tipping your driver and / or tour leader is entirely at your discretion, and is not mandatory. WHAT GRADE OF HOTEL DO BACK-ROADS USE? We generally use a 3-star / 4-star standard of accommodation ranging from country inns to town centre hotels and the occasional castle! Rather than going by the official grading (based solely on facilities rather than the standard), we base our choices on quality. In all properties the rooms have en suite bathrooms. WHAT KIND OF ROOM SHOULD I BOOK? When booking we need to know whether you want a twin room (two single-sized beds in a room) or a double room (one standard-sized bed for two people). Please tell us at the time of booking what your choice is as the room types are not interchangeable. I AM A SINGLE TRAVELLER. IS IT POSSIBLE TO SHARE A ROOM? We do not ‘match up’ single travellers, but you are welcome to travel with a friend, or join the group as a single traveller with sole use of your own room. Single rooms in European hotels can have one single bed, although in some hotels single travellers will have a double room for their own use. Our single supplement is very reasonable, and much less than the total cost of 2 people sharing a room. WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE HOTELS? Many of the traditional properties we use are in historic buildings which have been converted to hotels from the original function, rather than purpose built

hotels. Often the rooms are different shapes and sizes and may be smaller than you might be used to in newer chain hotels. Some hotels do not have lifts. In many cases this is due to regulations concerning ‘listed’ or protected buildings, but this will be more than offset by the charm and unique character and history which can be uncovered in these locations. DO YOU INCLUDE ENTRANCE FEES TO ATTRACTIONS? Unlike many tour companies who charge everything as extras, we include a selection of entrances in the price. Those inclusions are clearly stated in the brochure and on our website. Any other entrance fees will be at your own expense. HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING? 1 x suitcase. Max 20kg. Length plus Width plus Height must equal 158cm. 1 x hang bag / small back pack. ARE BACK-ROADS TOURS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN? Our tours are designed principally for adults, but we will consider accepting children aged 12 or over on request. Please note that triple and family rooms are not always available and we do not offer child rates. HOW FLEXIBLE ARE BACK-ROADS TOURING’S ITINERARIES? There are certain visits included in our itineraries which are fixed and included in the price. However, outside of these, there is some flexibility to adapt the itinerary according to such things as the weather, special events and group wishes. One of the beauties of small group touring is that we can be much more relaxed and flexible in our approach. If you have a specific request which is not on the itinerary, we will do our best to accommodate it, but this will depend on the agreement of your fellow travellers and the judgment of the tour leader. ARE BACK-ROADS TOURS ALWAYS GUARANTEED TO RUN?

As a general rule we will run our tours with a minimum of four people*, at which point we will usually guarantee the departure. Guaranteed tours are identified on our website, and with a G by the departure date in the brochure as we are guaranteeing a number of dates from brochure launch. Your travel agent will be able to advise you of the ongoing status. If we are forced to cancel a tour, you will be advised at least 6 weeks in advance. You will then have a choice of a full refund of the amount paid for the tour, or an alternative tour. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT A DRIVER/TOUR LEADER IS? There are certain tours that have a driver/tour leader. Our driver/tour leaders have all passed a stringent government test which allows them to drive our vehicles and conduct tours. The intimate nature of our groups means that he/she becomes your travelling companion rather than just a tour leader, which makes for a much more rewarding experience. On some tours we will often use a driver in addition to a tour leader as this makes for better operation of the tour in these particular areas. DO I NEED TO TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR MY TRIP? You must always ensure you are fully insured when travelling overseas, and we require all Back-Roads Touring participants to have suitable and adequate cover. We will ask for your insurance details at the beginning of the tour and hold them securely. Please check that your insurance cover includes cancellation fees in the event you are forced to cancel your tour prior to departure or leave the tour during operation due to unforeseen circumstances. DO YOU HAVE A POLICY ON SMOKING? Virtually all countries in Europe have now implemented a total smoking ban in public places, and the local laws must be followed. It goes without saying that no

smoking is allowed on our vehicles. WILL I NEED A VISA? It is your responsibility to obtain any visas which might be necessary to enable you to visit and holiday in Europe. Make sure to check with your travel agent or local consular office as to any visa requirements for the countries you are visiting. You will need a visa to enter Russia. HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY SHOULD I BRING? Although Back-Roads includes many meals and entrance fees within the price of the tour, you will need to bring spending money for any other meals, drinks and activities. As a guide we would recommend £70 or €90 (or equivalent) per person per day. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A BACK-ROADS TOURING TOUR? Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price. • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion. • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights, items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions. • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions. • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation. • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour. WHAT DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE? If you book before the 31st August 2017 you will be entitled to an early bird discount of 10%. Other discounts can be available from this date onwards and it is best to contact the Back-Roads office or your local travel agent for more information.

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Terms and Conditions Your contract will be with Back-Roads as tour operator, unless you have booked a Locally Operated Tour, in which case your contract for tour services will be with the operator specified above and will be subject to that operator's terms and conditions, in addition to the booking conditions set out below. For any Locally Operated Tour, the operator will be identified on your itinerary or travel documents and their respective terms and conditions will be available directly on their websites or by contacting them. Should we book a flight on your behalf it will be subject to the conditions of the respective airline, including but not limited to deposit/full payment and cancellation terms. Please read these booking conditions carefully. You must not make any booking unless you understand and agree with these booking conditions. Bookings can be made through your local travel agent or directly with Back-Roads and must be secured with a deposit of the amount shown above. A contract between you and us (or between you and the relevant operator of a Locally Operated Tour) will exist as soon as (i); we issue an invoice in response to your request for a booking and (ii); your deposit is paid to us or your travel agent. If your booking is made through a travel agent, we will address all correspondence to that agent. PRICE & PAYMENT The deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel your tour. The balance of your tour must be paid no later than 42 days prior to your tour departure date. If you do not pay within this period we may cancel your booking and your deposit will be forfeited. Full payment is required if you make a booking within 42 days of the departure date. If your booking is a special offer we may require full payment (including any pre and post accommodation and sundry service charges) by such earlier time as specified in the offer. Tour discounts apply to the tour price only and do not apply to any included flights, pre & post accommodation or transfers. Applicable and valid discounts can be combined to a maximum discount of 10% off the tour price. Multi-tour and returning customer benefits cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount prior to September 2017. Prices quoted in our brochures are calculated on costs and exchange rates as at the Brochure Validity Date. These prices may increase or decrease. We may alter prices and other particulars contained in our brochures and on our website at any time. Before you make a booking we will provide you with details of the current price of your chosen tour. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Please ensure you carefully read your invoice, tickets and all other documents we send to you as soon as you receive them and contact us or your travel agent immediately if any information appears to be incorrect. We will not accept any liability if you fail to notify us of any inaccuracy in any document within 14 days of us sending them to you or the travel agent. You are responsible for ensuring that you have the correct and valid travel documents including passports, visas and vaccination certificates. We strongly recommend that you verify current documentation requirements with your travel agent or us. Please note requirements change and you must check with your consulate for the most up to date information, including but not limited to visa requirements for the countries visited on your tour. Passports must have an expiry date of at least six months after completion of the tour. IF YOU CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR BOOKING If you want to change or cancel any aspect of your booking including but not limited to a change to a tour of shorter duration or different departure date you must notify us in writing. We will do our best to accommodate your requested change but it may not always be possible. All change/ cancellation fees must be paid within seven days of the invoice date or on the date of departure, whichever is the sooner. If you are prevented from traveling as a result of illness, death of an immediate family member, jury service, or other reason beyond your control which we consider significant, we may agree to your booking being transferred to another person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the tour, subject to you and the other person accepting liability for full payment of the tour cost and any additional costs arising from the transfer and provided that you give us not less than 21 days' written notice of the proposed transfer. CANCELLATION OR MODIFICATION BY US Every effort will be made to operate all tours as advertised but it must be remembered that our tours are planned up to eighteen months in advance. We may therefore, at our discretion, modify or cancel any tour, accommodation or arrangement at any time. We will notify you as soon as possible of any changes and

they will form part of our contract with you. In the case of any material modification or cancellation, we will, if possible, provide you with three alternatives: (1) a tour of an equivalent or closely similar standard and price, if available; or (2) a tour of a lower standard together with a refund of the difference in price; or (3) cancellation with a full refund of all monies paid. A material modification is one that has a serious impact on your tour and includes a change of departure date, departure point or airport, or change of departure time of more than twelve hours, which would cause substantial inconvenience to you. A change of accommodation, or transport method/style is not a material modification. We may alter or substitute the type or size of vehicle, or method/style of transport mentioned in the brochure, depending on the number of passengers carried, which can vary from tour to tour. Normally the maximum group size is 18 passengers. Back-Roads may require a minimum number of participants for certain tours. In the event that insufficient bookings have been made as at 42 days prior to departure, we may cancel the scheduled tour, whereupon all money paid by you for your Back-Roads tour will be refunded and no further compensation will be paid. In such circumstances, you agree to release Back-Roads from any further obligations which would have been enforceable had the tour not been cancelled. OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR BACK-ROADS OPERATED TOURS Save where the provisions of Force Majeure apply, if the tour does not materially comply with the description in the brochure, Back-Roads may compensate you to a maximum value equal to the price of the tour. Back-Roads will only be liable to pay the maximum amount of compensation where there has been a total failure of consideration for your payment. Back-Roads will not be liable where any failure in the performance or provision of your tour is due to: (a) your acts or omissions or the acts or omissions of another member in your group (b) any third party not connected with the provision of your travel arrangements (c) unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised or (d) an event which we or a travel service provider, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall (including but not limited to Force Majeure and unavoidable technical problems with transport and similar events). Our liability will in all cases be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to any applicable international conventions, including but not limited to the Geneva Convention in respect of carriage by road, the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation which set time limits for notifications/claims and limit the amount of compensation that can be claimed for death, injury, delay to passengers/guests and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage sustained by you as a result of a contravention of any law or regulation of any of the countries visited while on the tour. OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR LOCALLY OPERATED TOURS If your tour is a Locally Operated Tour as listed above our obligation to you is to (and you expressly authorise us to) make tour bookings on your behalf with reasonable skill and care and to arrange a contract between you and the relevant operator. We exercise care in the selection of reputable local operators but we have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. All bookings are made on your behalf subject to the terms and conditions, including conditions of carriage and limitations of liability, imposed by the local operator. Your legal rights in connection with such tours are against the local operator and are not against us, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part. SEATBELTS You must wear a seatbelt at all times whilst you are in any vehicle. Neither Back-Roads nor any local operator will be liable for any injury, death or claim howsoever arising from any accident if you have failed to comply with this requirement. FLEXIBILITY DURING TOUR Every effort will be made to operate all tours featured in this brochure but there may be a necessity to vary the itinerary from that stated in the brochure, and delays may occur for a variety of reasons beyond our control. The need for a flexible attitude

BACK-ROADS' DETAILS

Top Deck Tours Pty Ltd trading as Back-Roads Touring Co., ABN 30 107 934, 199 Grey Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia

LOCALLY OPERATED TOURS

to this type of travel is important. All decisions relating to a tour itinerary will be taken by the Tour Leader, as appointed by us in the interest of the group as a whole. Please note that due to public holidays some sights or activities may not be available on a particular tour. No refund will be made for services made available by Back-Roads but which for whatever reason are not used by you once the tour has departed.

travel on your tour. Your insurance protection must include cover for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death, and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance. Evidence of such insurances must be produced to Back-Roads on request and normally on day one of your tour. Insurance cover offered by credit card companies or reciprocal medical cover agreements are often not comprehensive.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS

If you make a claim against Back-Roads you agree to assign to us or our insurers any rights to take action against any third party supplier/tour operator or any other person or party that may have been wholly or partly responsible for the claim or who Back-Roads reasonably considers should be a party to the action. You must co-operate fully with Back-Roads should Back-Roads or its insurers wish to enforce those rights which have been assigned to Back-Roads. If you make a claim against us which is covered by your insurance policy, you agree to pursue the claim through your insurer either in addition to, or in substitution for, your claim against us (if any). We agree to indemnify you in respect of reasonable expenses incurred in successfully pursuing such a claim and acknowledge that any settlement made by the insurer shall not prejudice your rights against us.

Back-Roads and its employees, agents and contractors make no representation or warranty in relation to implied or explicit suggestions or recommendations of services, activities and events not highlighted as included in a tour. You are responsible for all risks associated with the transportation to/from, and your participation in, or visitation to, any place, activity or excursion not listed as an inclusion. During your tour you may be offered the chance to purchase various optional excursions and activities. Back-Roads does not own, operate or control any of the companies or individuals which provide the optional activities or excursions. Some of the optional activities and excursions may be inherently dangerous and risky. If you want to take part in such optional activities or excursions you must be fit enough to do so and must follow all reasonable instructions. The standards of health and safety which will be adopted by the company or the individual providing the optional activity or excursion will be those of the country where the optional activity or excursion takes place. Please note that these standards may not be the same as you would find in your home country. If you wish to book any optional excursion or activity, you may do so subject to the operator’s terms and conditions. Your contract will be with the operator of the activity or excursion and will be governed by local law. Back-Roads acts only as their agent. Back-Roads’ Tour Leader will have further details and additional information can be found on our website. Back-Roads accepts no liability for any act or omission of any operator or operator’s employees, agents or sub-contractors. EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY – FORCE MAJEURE We do not accept liability for any loss, damage or expense resulting from war or terrorist activities threatened or actual, civil unrest, industrial action threatened or actual, weather conditions, fire, flood, drought, closures, unforeseen alterations to public transport schedules, rescheduling of aircraft or boats, epidemic or outbreaks of illness or any other event outside our control which either delays or extends or reduces the tour, or compels a change in the tour arrangements after departure (“Force Majeure”). DIETARY, HEALTH AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENT You must clearly state all your dietary requirements at the time of booking. We cannot guarantee that special dietary requirements can be met and we cannot take responsibility for any such requirements not being fulfilled. Walking is a fundamental part of our tours. If you have a medical condition or require special arrangements that may affect your tour, we ask that you inform us in writing at the time of booking. We may ask you to complete a medical assessment form to assist us. If we cannot reasonably accommodate your particular needs we may decline the booking or ask for you to be accompanied by a person who is able to provide full assistance to you throughout your tour. Please be aware that your fellow travellers may be of a diverse age range and from various nationalities. YOUR LIABILITY TO US You will not be permitted to embark or continue on the tour if your mental or physical condition is, in the reasonable opinion of any representative of Back-Roads, such as to render you incapable of caring for yourself, or where you become objectionable to other passengers, or you become a hazard to yourself or other passengers. We will not be responsible for expenses resulting in you being precluded from completing the tour for any reason, nor will we refund you any part of your tour cost. In all cases we will notify you of the reasons why we have taken this action. We will have no obligation to arrange for your return to the point of the tour departure if your condition manifests itself after the tour departure. Further, if the tour involves travel by air, the captain of your aircraft can refuse to allow you to fly on the aircraft if he believes that you could be dangerous or disruptive to other passengers on the flight.

COMPLAINTS In the event of any dissatisfaction with the accommodation or any other service provided by Back-Roads, you must report it immediately to the Tour Leader so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. Failure to immediately notify the Tour Leader of any problem may result in your claim for compensation from us being denied or reduced. Any complaint made to Back-Roads following the conclusion of the tour should be made in writing within 28 days of completion of the tour. In the event that you do not notify us in writing within 28 days, Back-Roads’ ability to investigate the complaint may be prejudiced. In the UK, we can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. DATA PROTECTION We are committed to protecting your personal information and agree to process your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Notice, which is available online at backroadstouring.com/about-us/privacy-policy.php. In order to make your booking and ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly, we need to use the information you provide and pass it on to other relevant suppliers who are responsible for parts of your travel arrangements. In many cases this will include transferring your data to overseas recipients (including to recipients outside of the European Union). In making this booking, your consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons is deemed to be given unless you object and advise Back-Roads of your objection at the time of booking. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. This consent applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities or dietary/religious requirements. SMOKING Back-Roads enforces a non-smoking policy on our coaches (although we make frequent stops for breaks) and in most of our accommodation. LUGGAGE There are strict weight limits for coaches when fully loaded. You are only entitled to have one piece of main luggage of standard size (see the pre-departure information or our website for size limits) and not weighing more than 20kg. In addition you may bring a daypack. PUBLISHING CONSENT You acknowledge and agree that future Back-Roads advertising and publicity material may include statements made by passengers, or their photographs, and you consent to such use of your comments or photographic/video likeness.

You indemnify us against all third-party actions taken against us for loss or damage caused by you or arising from your participation on the tour. INSURANCE & CLAIMS You must take out comprehensive travel insurance before you

CHANGE AND CANCELLATION FEES

Days before departure

Change and Cancellation Fee (% of tour price)

Pre/post accommodation

Transfers

All tours are operated by Back-Roads except the following: "Croatian Islands Sailing", "Northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia" and "Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast" each operated by Katarina Line d.o.o.; "Iceland Highlights" operated by Exploring Iceland ehf; "The Baltic Highlights" operated by Baltic Blues UAB; "Majestic Morocco" operated by Dar Zarbia DWC-LLC; "Dubai Stop Over" operated by Arabian Adventures; "Impressions of Russia" operated by BSI Group; "Explore Eastern Europe" operated by Codan Agentura S.R.O.

Over 42

$75 (changes)

Nil

Nil

DEPOSIT

$200 per person, payable at the time of booking

42-29

50%

Nil

Nil

FLIGHT CHANGE AND CANCELLATION FEE

$75, plus any airline charges (which could be up to the full value of the ticket)

28-0

100%

100%

100%

GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION

These booking conditions are governed by the laws of Queensland, Australia. Any dispute in relation to these booking conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Queensland.

BROCHURE VALIDITY DATE

Prices quoted in our brochures are calculated on costs and exchange rates at 17 July 2017

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